What Water Means for Moms

Woman and baby in Madagascar. WaterAid/ Ernest Randriarimalala

Some say being a mother is the toughest job in the world. There is no instruction manual and no time off. For millions of women around the world, being a mom is that much more challenging without access to clean water. Many pregnant women have to bring their own clean water to the hospital for use during labor and delivery and millions of mothers have no choice but to give their children dirty water that makes them sick.

For moms, clean water means a safe and dignified birth. It means staying healthy to care and provide for their kids. It means children miss fewer school days and parents have more time to work and earn a living. Access to clean water means less worry for moms and more family time spent growing, laughing and learning.

This Mother’s Day, we take a look at moms around the world and how clean water has helped them focus on what matters: being a mom.