A Health Crisis
A women's health crisis
A lack of access to safe water and sanitation significantly affects the health of women as well. Burdened daily by water collection and finding a place to go, women and girls spend large amounts of time carrying heavy vessels and walking long distances. The physical strain of these activities impacts their health and if pregnant, the health of their unborn children.
Water is health, water is life
For Sophon, there was nothing beautiful about the water-related burdens she endured much of her life in rural Cambodia. She wanted to end those burdens for her son.
It is for women like Sophon, who aspire to give their babies a healthy start to a beautiful life, that we created WaterCredit. With a small, affordable loan, Sophon and her husband were able to pay for the construction of a rain storage tank and water tap on their property. What was once unsafe to consume and took hours to collect is now available outside their door.
- World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2017). Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2017 Update and MDG Assessment.
- World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (2015). Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2015 Update and MDG Assessment.
- World Health Organization. (2016). “Children: Reducing Mortality.”
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