We know that safe water, good sanitation and simple hygiene practices save lives. They improve health and enable people to save money on expensive medication. Women are able to focus on creating livelihoods and growing crops instead of walking for hours to collect dirty water. Boys and girls are able to go to school and get an education, giving them a better chance to fulfil their potential. Whole communities can start lifting themselves out of poverty. Here are just some examples of the wider impact on education, health and livelihoods that your support could have on some of the world’s poorest people: Education A huge number of girls miss school during their period or drop out completely when they reach puberty. Choolwe and Orine are 17 and studying at the Chiobola school, Zambia. We have worked to build separate latrines for boys and girls, with a safe, private place for girls to manage their menstruation. Choolwe told us, ‘Before we had toilets girls would stay at home when they had their periods, now girls can come to school and never miss a lesson. I want to be a doctor, I want to help people get well’ Livelihoods Access to water, sanitation and improved hygiene frees up people’s time for more productive activities. In Alakamisy, Madagascar a rice bank has been initiated by the water committee. Using the money collected from the water user fees, people are now able to borrow money to either solve short term problems or invest in their future; allowing not only wider development of the community but the space for individual hopes and dreams. Mariette, pictured, is holding a glass of milk from her cow that she was able to buy from a loan. Local people simply propose their borrowing aspirations to the committee and, once approved, pay the loan back with a small amount of interest. This interest slowly builds a communal pot of money to fund developments such as the improvement of roads, maintenance of communal buildings or for social activities. You can find out more about the wider impacts of those living in Alakamisy here. Health Dambar Kumari Pulami is 69 and lives in Tosramkhola, a mountainous region in Nepal. The dirty water which she and her family would drink often made them sick and when we first met Dembar she was very unwell and weak. Now we have installed taps that serve the whole community. "I feel I am more energetic and healthy. Fresh water keeps our mind fresh and we feel even healthier. Clean water is the major thing to keep us healthy and to make our life better. Due to water we used to get sick almost every month but now it is significantly reduced. "I cannot exactly say in number but I have started saving money since we took precaution on water, sanitation and hygiene. At least I know now that we don't have to borrow money or take loan." To find out more about our impact please contact us.