One Thing Keeps Women & Children Enslaved for 200M Hours per Day, Globally
Unleashing that torrent of potential is easier than you might think, says one expert
Women and children across the globe spend 200 million hours per day carrying out one vital task: collecting water.
What if they could instead spend that time going to school, building businesses, and earning income for themselves? That’s the unleashed potential of bringing access to clean water to everyone in the world, according to Dr. Greg Allgood.
Allgood is VP of Water for WorldVision. He also founded and spent 26 years directing the Procter & Gamble Children’s Safe Drinking Water program, during which time he worked with the Clinton Global Initiative, Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO & USAID.
According to Allgood, the average walk for water is 6km—and half of that is accomplished while carrying up to 40 lbs of water. It’s backbreaking work.
“If you’re going to a healthcare center, for example, and you’re a pregnant woman about to deliver a baby,” Allgood said, “—the last thing you want to be doing is bringing your own water to be washing yourself and your baby after you give birth.”
But WorldVision has a goal of bringing clean water to everyone, everywhere they work by 2030. And that goal is actually in sight.
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What does WorldVision do about broken water pumps? How do you ensure this is a sustainable solution?
What are lessons learned overseas about providing clean water that can help us in the U.S., in places like Jackson, Mississippi and Flint, Michigan?
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