Having access to basic clean water and a decent toilet saves children’s lives, gives women a leg up in earning money, and ensures a good food supply. CARE’s work on water is not just about digging wells or building latrines. We work with governments to ensure long-term political commitment, constructive policies and appropriate allocation of resources to support lasting improvements and increased coverage. We link with wider efforts to integrate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) with nutrition, education, and adaptation to climatic shocks.
CARE places emphasis on women in all of our water+ work. That’s because impoverished women are disproportionately excluded from decisions regarding water’s allocation and management. CARE encourages equal decision-making power for women by including them in discussions on water and sanitation at all levels. Improved WASH results in women and girls spending less time caring for family members who fall sick due to poor WASH. When water and sanitation facilities are appropriately allocated and managed women have more time for income generating activities and girls have more time for school. Better sanitation facilities in schools can positively affect students – specifically girls, once they begin menstruating.
CARE's Expertise in Water
Water+ Integrated and Sustainable Approach
Our approach is to collaborate and integrate efforts with other sectors whenever possible. This means that we do not stop at water, sanitation and hygiene access, but rather work with sectors of nutrition, agriculture, food security and education. We aim to work in partnership to increase financial capacity and influence WASH markets.
Our work importantly focuses on influencing government policy – both in terms of its development and implementation. CARE sees government officials not only as partners – but as the very actors our programs are meant to support. We do not see our work outside of what the government has planned, unless our work is to directly influence the development of government plans.
CARE believes that working to improve the status and increase the voice of women and girls is essential to a world free from poverty and inequality.
Below you can find more details on how we work in Water+ at CARE.
Additionally, our 2013 impact report can be found here.
Women and Water+
Water, sanitation and hygiene affect women and girls differently than men and boys.
The CARE Water+ Team engages in water, sanitation and hygiene in a number of different ways, in many different contexts.
The CARE Water+ Team works across disciplines to impact lives through working with gender, agriculture, education and nutrition.