Water Hauling and Girls’ Education

A Ghanaian girl carries water in the northern city of Tamale, January 24, 2008 (Finbarr O'Reilly/Courtesy Reuters).

A Ghanaian girl carries water in the northern city of Tamale, January 24, 2008 (Finbarr O’Reilly/Courtesy Reuters).

It may seem obvious to most people that education is a key that can open the lock to all of the opportunities in the world. What isn’t obvious, is that not everyone has the chance to even hold that key. “35 million girls remain out of school worldwide, according to the World Bank, nearly half of whom are in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

The Development Channel, who focuses on issues and innovations in global economic development, recognizes “a mother’s education level is more important to child survival than is household income.” found in the UN Human Development Study.

So how can this be helped? World Bank sheds light on one crucial link: the time a girl has to spend fetching and hauling water is directly connected to her school attendance. In their latest report it’s seen “that reducing by half the time to haul water would increase the proportion of girls aged 5-15 who attend school.”

PackH2O has proven to be a more efficient use of time when access to water is provided. The improper use of a heavy bucket versus our easy to use water backpack can help these numbers tremendously. Women and children are already using the packs in several different parts of Africa.

$10 can be the difference between a days spent carrying water and attending school.

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