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Sanitation Clubs:
Making Back to School Better

August 13, 2019

“Okay, let me give you an example of why water and sanitation in schools are important.” David’s excitement is palpable. He’s a member of the Chilomoni Primary School’s Sanitation Club in Blantyre, Malawi.

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Water Starts with Data

August 13, 2019

At Water For People, we pay careful attention to the numbers behind our work – because data shows us the impact and illuminates our next steps.

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Man emptying waste into a bucket

Prosperity
Through
Poop

August 12, 2019

John overcame poverty through poop businesses.
That’s right, you read that correctly.
“My parents were very poor,” John says. “I tried to go to school but my uniforms were so torn that I looked almost naked. Friends would laugh at me, and I decided to stop school.”

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Surviving Cholera
and Changing the Future

August 12, 2019

Annie sits outside of her mud-plastered home, a small thatched canopy providing little respite from the Malawi heat. Her gaze focuses on some scribbled words on the side of her latrine: Tigwiritse Nchito Chimbuzi Moyenera Nthawi Zonse.

Let’s use the latrine properly at all times.

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A Better Toilet,
a Better Life

August 12, 2019

Folomina’s face lights up when she talks about her toilet. Two years ago, the state of water and sanitation in Folomina’s village was dire. She and the other 20 families in her community would walk two hours each day for water. The sanitation situation was just as bad.

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A Dream of
Safe Water

August 12, 2019

“It was like a dream to us,” says Lilian. She says the people in her community never thought they would have safe water. “We used to wake up very early in the morning to go fetch water,” Lilian says. She and others in her community in Gicumbi District, Rwanda would lose hours each day walking to fetch water for the day’s tasks.

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Meet Peter

August 9, 2019

Peter and his five children are waiting on safe water. “We wake up in the morning around four o’clock, because the first thing we do as the whole family is collect water,” Peter explains. “We have to use flashlights so that we can see the way.”

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There’s something
extraordinary in the water

August 9, 2019

Sweetly sleeping, two-year-old Solange lays contentedly in her mom’s arms. Marie Louise’s other children are at school. This scene, almost serene, feels very different from what Marie Louise says life looked like a few years ago. A few years ago, her village didn’t have a safe water source.

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The Impact
of Saved Time

August 9, 2019

Beatrice and her neighbors have an acute understanding of the value of time. Three years ago, women and children in her community of Ngoma in Rulindo District, Rwanda, were losing hours every day fetching water from an unprotected spring.

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August 8, 2019

“Children and teachers walked from school to a well near our house to get water and carry it back,” said Mayra, who lives with her husband Hector and their two young sons Marcos and Anthony. “They needed water to clean the school, and teachers and students needed it to use the bathroom and wash their hands.”

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