CARE's Water Work

CARE's Water Work

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Our life-changing and lifesaving water programs help:

  • People with clean, safe water, especially during times of disaster
  • Schools learn the link between education and water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Families increase access to water through pumps, wells and storage containers
  • Governments with water policy, waste management and garbage collection
  • Farmers learn how to efficiently use water for irrigation and livestock rearing
  • Marginalized groups learn about their legal rights to water
  • And much more

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. But CARE's work on water isn't just about digging wells or building latrines. We work closely with women to lead their communities in changing critical local practices like hand washing. We work with government to make sure that they have the long-term political commitment, good policies and are allocating resources for lasting improvements. And we link with wider efforts in critical integrated efforts on 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 provides women with equal decision-making power by including them in discussions on water and sanitation on the local, municipal and state levels. Women have more time for income-generating projects and school when they aren't spending hours each day hauling water. Access to safe water results in women spending less time caring for family members who would otherwise fall sick due to unsafe water. Also, improved sanitation can keep a girl in school by making facilities available to her when she reaches puberty.

Want examples of our projects and approaches?  Looking for more technical reports? Check out our work on Policy and Learning Partnerships, WA-WASH in Ghana, and SWASH+ in Kenya.