Water and Women

Underprivileged children and families are the center of our water projects. Underprivileged families especially women and girls experience improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene differently than men and boys.

Moving water sources closer to homes may increase the time children have to attend school. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities in schools may increase attendance or the “pull” of girls to schools, specifically once they have begun menstruation. Improving water source quality and increasing water or sanitation access may change the way a mother can care for herself, care for her baby, and care for her family. Improvements in WASH may also affect the ways in which a lady can spend her free time, with less illness in the family, more water for growing crops (vegetables and fruits for household consumption or crops for sale), or more time for other income-generating activities.

While underprivileged families especially women and girls may benefit from essential WASH improvements, Delano King Foundation is also aware of how WASH interventions can have unintended consequences on communities and on women and girls in particular. Our water programs find creative ways to involve females in the design and rollout of interventions, while also including males as well as community and traditional leaders. Delano King Foundation believes that WASH programs should integrate, collaborate, or at the very least communicate with other development projects to ensure impacts on the community are holistic and positive.