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Water access empowers women and communities

Through  CIDA/HAVE (Help a Village Effort; water/sanitation projects in West Bengal and Andra Pradesh India, as many as 60,000 villagers, through the drilling of wells, gained access to clean water. These were 3-year projects partnered with fabulous local Indian NGOs. But water security is only part of the story! A Village Advisory Committee was established in each village.   The Committee determined placement of well, maintenance, water/hygiene education, bank accounts and received related training. Women were significant members of the these committees, often in leadership roles.     With the reduction in time spent on water collection, the women were… [ read more ]