in Malawi, Africa and most developing countries, have the burden of collecting water for their families.
Girls are often kept out of school – just so they can collect water.
are in charge of household chores.
Collecting water is considered a household duty.
Many remote villages rely on rivers/streams or hand-dug holes as their only water source.
WOMEN & GIRLS…
start their day collecting water before the sun rises – every single day (rain or shine), walking long distances, carrying buckets on their heads, weighing over 40lbs.
Without a clean water well (borehole), the water they spend so much time and effort on is often dirty, contaminated water.
Collecting water considerably shortens the amount of time
GIRLS & WOMEN have to spend in school, with their families, on child care, household tasks, working, or leisure activities.