You Can Make a Difference

The difference you can make

Your fundraising can help build wells and water pumps closer to rural communities so that women and girls don’t have to spend their days walking for water.

A lack of access to a safe and adequate water supply is one of the main challenges facing rural populations in many parts of Ethiopia. As a result, many people suffer from chronic health problems, which negatively affects their ability to go to school or to work and earn a livelihood.

CARE’s LEGAS Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project in Amhara, Ethiopia, set out to tackle this problem.

The project built or rehabilitated 1,479 water points in rural communities, providing safe and adequate water access for 302,192 people. 80% of households now travel less than half an hour to get water. Reducing the time spent collecting water has led to an increase in girls’ school enrolment and improved school performance as well as a reduction in women’s work load. Women and girls also report fewer incidences of violence when they go to collect water. Cases of water-borne diseases have also been reduced and the sanitation conditions for everyone – but particularly for children – have improved.

LEGAS project, Ethiopia

A total of 22 water points and a number of sex-segregated latrines were installed at dozens of schools, enhancing the teaching and learning environment. Girl-only latrines create safe spaces for girls at schools and are key to making schools girl-friendly. 

LEGAS provided women with training and capacity-building so that more women could join local water committees and become decision-makers and authority figures in their communities. 

By signing up to Walk In Her Shoes you can help improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene for more women and girls in the world’s poorest countries, giving them the opportunity to break free from the poverty cycle and the chance of a better future.

Lula now has time for school and ambitions for the future

Lula at the new water tap

Lula's story is also one of success. From the age of 6, Lula started walking to collect water for her family, often walking for 2 hours twice a day and carrying loads of 20 litres at a time. She experienced excruciating back pain and the time taken up by walking prevented her from going to school.

But thanks to supporters like you, CARE was able to work with USAID to build a water source which provides water for over 7,000 people in the local area.

Lula can now drink clean, safe water and has time for school. She now has hope and ambitions for the future

“I intend to finish school and hope to one day work for the government. We thank CARE for this opportunity.”

Lula’s story highlights the impact your fundraising can have on members of the poorest communities around the world. 

You can also find out more about the connection between clean water and women's rights by reading Fatuma's story.