Water and Sanitation: In today’s world, 1 in every nine people, lack access to safe water….. one in three people lack access to a toilet. These figures are a very conservative measure, there may be even worse conditions. More people have a mobile than a toilet. Access to safe water and sanitation has multiple presence in the lives of people. Educating people, work opportunities, improving health for families, women and children are some areas where we can take a call and proceed.
A glass of water is an elixir FOR HUMAN LIFE, but its that, ONLY if its SAFE . We need to educate people to keep their house and surroundings clean and free from garbage. The rain water that filters into the ground carries many impurities, if the ground is not clean. Hygiene is a very important factor to keep rain water harvesting a success. So essentially, clean water and sanitation complement each other in many ways.
Empowering women is very important in solving water crisis. Since women are responsible to collect water for the family, they end up using a large part of the daily time in this tedious process. This takes time away from work, school and even family care. If we are able to provide safe water in their houses, they can use that much time in pursuing skills outside their traditional roles and can visualize independence and individuality.
Access to safe water and sanitation is a means to improved health and more power to fight diseases. Sanitation plays a vital role in the poor women specially, who are subjected to wait for darkness to fall so that they can safely go to the fields, away from prying evil eyes. Proper sanitation means reduced risk of rape, sexual assault and increased safety for women and girls, who will not have to go to remote and dangerous areas to relieve themselves.
Children are also engaged to collect water from faraway places to help their families. Reduction in time spent in collecting water will have more school participation. Children will also have more time to play and push forward to a brighter future.