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The Facts

  • Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water.
  • Women and girls often spend up to 6 hours each day collecting water.
  • Involving women can make water projects 6 to 7 times more effective.
  • Women and girls living without a toilet spend 266 million hours each day finding a place to go.

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Featured Stories


Mayor Dunia Rojas is a force to be reckoned with.


Ten girls are keeping hundreds of girls in school in India.


Weave through the rolling green hills of Uganda’s countryside, past lines of banana trees, clusters of coffee plants, and a few cattle wandering alongside a narrow dirt path, and you’ll find Aisha Lubega at her local water point, turning water into progress for her entire community.


Yanine Gutierrez is young. And a woman. But she was determined that nothing – least of all her age or gender – would stand in the way of her work in an often male-dominated field.


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.


The story of one determined teacher who has changed the future of water for an entire community.

For most of us, the idea that water could keep us from going to school, doing our job, and providing for our families is a strange one—even impossible. But for millions of women and girls around the world, that scenario is a daily reality.

Opportunities, choices, and bright futures don't stand a chance against devastating illnesses, lost productivity, and childhoods cut short.

Girls in developing countries are at a disadvantage from the start—they are more likely to suffer health problems, miss school, and marry and bear children at an early age. Water For People is on a mission to end this inequality, and we know it starts with water.

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