From remote villages to capital cities, schools to health centres and hospitals, join us this International Women's Day as we meet four remarkable women who have helped their communities survive without access to safe water – and are now part of an incredible transformation.
In Columbus, Nicaragua, it’s not unusual to see midwife Margarita riding her horse on her way to help a mum-to-be in labour. But in an area without access to safe, clean water, reaching remote communities hasn’t been her only challenge.
Every month, Alice used to see her female students vanish from her classes at Lubunda Primary School, Zambia. They were too ashamed to come to school, because of the lack of water and decent toilets to help them manage their periods. Then one piece of equipment changed everything.
How much do you invest in your community when it’s an illegal settlement that could be pulled down at any time? Ram Rati has dedicated her time and energy to transforming conditions in Harijan Basti, Delhi – with incredible results.
Keeping a labour ward clean is a challenging task at the best of times – let alone without a regular supply of safe water. As a cleaner at Kiomboi hospital in Tanzania, Margaret has gone to extreme lengths to keep mums-to-be and their new babies safe.