Water connects every aspect of life. Water is the normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere but now-a-days they are not. Access to safe water and sanitation can quickly turn problems into potential – empowering people with time for school and work, and contributing to improved health for women, children, and families around the world. Over 2 billion people around the world don’t have access to safe water.
Women are disproportionately affected by the water crisis, as they are often responsible for collecting water. This takes time away from work, school and caring for family. Lack of water and sanitation locks women in a cycle of poverty. Empowering women is critical to solving the water crisis. When women have access to safe water at home, they can pursue more beyond water collection and their traditional roles. They have time to work and add to their household income.
In many rural areas, people have no alternative other than to drink water collected from open water sources such as open ditches, polluted river water, unsafe well water and dams shared with livestock. The burden of collecting this water is borne mainly by women and children, with travel and queuing time taking up too many hours a day.
While India’s economy continues to grow rapidly, hundreds of millions of people across the country still live in poverty, malnutrition, unhygienic living conditions, and without access to clean drinking water.
Safe water reduces water – borne diseases like diarrhoea and cholera and saves hours which are spent every day fetching water – especially for women and girls. Safe and reliable water keeps families healthy and lets children stay in school.
Help Aid’s Service goal is to locate the water well/borewell within 300 meters of each rural village household and closer to the individual.
HelpAid aims not only to establish safe and reliable water services by digging wells and installing pumps. HelpAid also plans to map out water systems to reach every community and household by collecting data to make sure water keeps flowing. It means training mechanics and establishing a culture where people pay for water service, so water points can be repaired when they break. This systems-change approach makes water services sustainable and reliable.