When children don’t have access to water at home, they are often responsible for collecting it for their families. Sharing the burden with their mothers, children around the world spend 200 million hours each day collecting water. This takes time away from school. Likewise, poor sanitation keeps kids, especially girls, from being able to go to school. When schools offer both safe water and improved sanitation on site, attendance often increases.
Girls who lack access to safe water and sanitation at home or at school face significant challenges. Compounded by the fact that their safety and health are at risk when they have no choice but to defecate in the open, menstruation poses another reason why girls in impoverished, water-insecure communities do not go to school. Access to water and sanitation changes this. Today, many female students and male, indicating a bright, equitable future is possible for this community.
You can help make lasting safe water solutions possible for more students, families, and communities in need, in Kenya, and around the world.