Fetching water is part of the gender inequality. Check out these statistics from the United Nations Water for Life initiative:
In rural Benin, girls ages 6-14 spend an average of one hour a day collecting water compared with 25 minutes for their brothers.
In Malawi, there are large variations in the amount of time allocated for water collection based on seasonal factors, but women consistently spend four to five times longer than men on this task.
In Tanzania, a survey found school attendance to be 12 per cent higher for girls in homes located 15 minutes or less from a water source than in homes one hour or more away. Attendance rates for boys appeared to be far less affected by distance from water sources.
In 12% of households children carry the main responsibility for collecting water, with girls under 15 years of age being twice as likely to carry this responsibility as boys under the age of 15 years.
Research in sub-Saharan Africa suggests that women and girls in low-income countries spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water—the equivalent of a year’s worth of labour by the entire Work force in France.
In Africa, 90% of the work of gathering water and wood, for the household and for food preparation, is done by women. Providing access to clean water close to the home can dramatically reduce women’s workloads, and free up time for other economic activities. For their daughters, this time can be used to attend school.
Peace Corps Volunteer Roger Brubaker of Lancaster, Pa., is working with his community in Thailand to prevent incidences of Dengue fever by promoting the use of homemade mosquito traps. To date, Brubaker has helped more than 900 community members build the mosquito “ovitraps” with common household products.
In this video featured at the Peace Corps World AIDS Day Film Festival in Washington, D.C., on December 1, 2009, Education Volunteer Alison Boland shares how Peace Corps Volunteers in Mongolia combine HIV/AIDS work with sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention education in order to prevent the rising threat of an HIV/AIDS outbreak and to increase the overall awareness of sexual health among Mongolias youth. The video was produced by Alison and Health Volunteer Patrick Olsen.
Two Volunteers take part in a training session at local rice paddies in Tlekung, Indonesia (Java Timur). They beat the rice plants to remove kernels, which are later dried to allow removal of actual rice.
Volunteer Paige Gable - Peace Corps Indonesia, 2011-2013 First Place - Providing Technical Assistance 50th Anniversary Photo Contest
Yai Gong, my 104 year old grandmother in the host family I lived with in Northeast Thailand, is pleased. She speaks only “Issan’” and I barely speak Thai. Her days consisted of sorting chili, making sweep sticks and chewing beetle nuts. No spoken communication happened by we shared watermelon and everyday she would ask about my wonderful teeth. One day I polished my nails and decided to pamper her too. Soaking her hands, putting lotion on them and finally a pale pink color. All the time she was very interested what was happening as I jabbered on in English, Thai and Lao. Finally, a small, sweet smile came to her face. Cultural exchange in a manicure.
The children in my village have taken me in at their big sister, calling me “kakak” rather than my actual name. It’s heart-warming. They love to take me to the sugarcane fields that surround our village. They run with knifes, and it makes me nervous, but it’s the norm here. Children run free here. I love this photograph because I actually let Sylvie, a 9-year old with very sticky fingers from the sugarcane juices, use my Canon SLR to take this. Whenever she sees this photo, she proudly says “aku aku” or “mine mine”.
YOU can decide the winner of our People’s Choice category in the 50th Anniversary Digital Library Photo Contest! Click on the photo to go to Facebook and LIKE your favorite photo. The photo with the most likes on Monday, September 19, at 11:59 PM EST will be the People’s Choice WINNER!