IN 2018, WE HAVE A MISSION TO PROVIDE WATER TO EVERY PERSON LIVING IN AMBEROMENA, MADAGASCAR, SO THEY CAN PURSUE THEIR DREAMS, NURTURE THEIR FAMILIES AND GROW AS A COMMUNITY.  

 

Welcome to Amberomena.

Population: 80

Amberomena is a small village in Belavabary Commune, Madagascar.  Sitting atop a large hill, the community sustains on small-scale farming of rice and cassava. A task that is made more difficult with limited access to water.   

Current access to safe water in this village is 0%

 

Meet Josée.  

Josée Lives in Amberomena.  She is a mother of two young children who have yet to start school.  Josée spends her days working on her small farm.  She walks 1.5km to the village water source three times daily, sometimes more.  The water source in Amberomena is not only dangerous, but also scarce.  It can often run dry by mid-morning.

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WHY WATER?

WATER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE TO OUR SURVIVAL.  WITHOUT IT, ONE CANNOT NURTURE, PROVIDE OR GROW.  

OVER 650 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE LIVE WITHOUT ACCESS TO THIS BASIC HUMAN RIGHT. 

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HYGIENE + HEALTH

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. 

43% of these deaths are children under 5 years old.

 

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WOMEN

Women and girls are responsible for 72% of the water collected in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water.

The amount of time spent collecting water takes women away from family & business opportunities.

 

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EDUCATION & girls

Illness from unsafe water keeps kids out of school.

Access to safe water and sanitation facilities at school is essential in fostering healthy development and education, especially for girls. 

WHY MADAGASCAR?

MADAGASCAR IS LOCATED 400 KM OFF THE SOUTH EAST COAST OF AFRICA.  IT IS ONE OF THE MOST ECOLOGICALLY UNIQUE PLACES IN THE WORLD, AND IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE TEN POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.  NEARLY HALF OF THE POPULATION LACKS ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER.

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ACCESS

10.9 million people in Madagascar do not have access to safe water.  

18 million people do not have access to adequate sanitation.  Lack of access to sanitation contaminates any local sources of water.

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OPPORTUNITY + TIME

70% of the population in Madagascar lives on just $1.25 per day.

Loss of time from collection of water, and illness from contaminated makes if difficult for families to break a cycle of poverty that stems from unsafe water.

 

WATERAID CANADA

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WALKING FOR WATER

The responsibility of water collection takes time. The average walk for water in Madagascar is 3 hours.  

Many girls must miss school to perform this daily task.  

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WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. We work with partners and influence decision-makers to maximize our impact.

What does wateraid do?

WaterAid enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty.

We work with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs.

We also work locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure water, hygiene and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognised.