Water for Independence

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71% of households in sub-Saharan Africa place the responsibility of water collection on women and girls, who spend a collective 16 million hours each day traveling to collect water. In addition to this burden, practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation can also stunt a girl’s ability to achieve her full potential; girls’ education is often seen as less valuable than boys’, especially in situations requiring rationing of resources.

The burden on the girls of Kajiado County is no different; time spent gathering water prevents them from regularly attending school, limiting their options for the future, and leaving them vulnerable to being forced into early marriage by the tribal elders along with forced circumcision, which despite being illegal is all too common.

Although they manifest differently, women and girls in developed nations struggle with many of the same issues of gender inequity and being unable to express their full potential. We intend to create a cross-cultural mentoring program with the hope that having girls work together to identify areas of hope, strength, collaboration, and improvement will help create opportunities to use our similarities to stand in solidarity with one another.

  • Women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people
  • More than one in four women aged 20 to 24 in developing countries are married before they turn 18
  • More than 125 million girls and women today have been subjected to female genital mutilation across countries in Africa and the Middle East
  • Less than 20% of the world’s landholders are women
  • Every additional year of primary school increases girls' eventual wages by 10-20%
  • In most countries, women with full-time jobs earn between 70-90% of what men earn

Sources: United Nations “The World’s Women 2015”, UN Women

Our Project(s):

Elatia (Neighbor) Community Centers

The Elatia Community Centers will be located adjacent to the new water wells as places for the community to gather informally or to participate in various community programs. The Elatia Community Centers will also offer youth mentorship and provide resources for educational success and social improvement, as well as a place for collaborative projects with communities in Wisconsin.

Learn more about our first steps in Kajiado.

Community Water Wells

Sponsor a community well. This includes drilling, pumping water to the surface, creating a reservoir, and decontamination system. Goal at this time is for three new wells to be established on land already donated for the cause.