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Clemmie and Simon (aka @mother_of_daughters and @father_of_daughters) have been in Madagascar this week with @soaperduper - who support WaterAid. Clemmie is a midwife and would normally wash her hands with clean water and soap 20-30 times every shift - "yet many midwives I've met here don't have that option but carry on regardless. In their own words - 'we have no choice.'" Make sure you keep an eye out for more from them over Global Handwashing Day on October 15. #soapcanchangeeverything. Photo: @ernestrandriarimalala
This trip has given me a new appreciation of the things we take for granted on a daily basis. As a midwife I wash my hands around 20-30 times every shift with clean water and soap yet many midwives I've met here don't have that option but carry on regardless. In their own words - 'we have no choice'. It's been such a pleasure to experience a tiny snapshot of these incredible women's lives over the course of a couple days and see how the work of a partner like @soaperduper with @wateraid can and will impact on their wellbeing and that of the community around them 🏾🏾🏾 #soapcanchangeeverything#madagascar#charitytrip
We've been in Madagascar this week with @father_of_daughters and @mother_of_daughters and @soaperduper visiting villages in Moramanga to show first-hand how we and local partners work with communities to provide access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Here's a #Repost from @father_of_daughters
I never could have dreamt of an opportunity like this. To spend time with people who have next to nothing but are so willing to share everything they have. It's hands down the most memorable birthday I've ever had and I can never thank the people of Madagascar enough. We have a lot to learn back home about the way we live. We seem to have moved away from being a community and the sense of being together - something that the families we've met know all too well as it's that support that can help you make it through when you're struggling on a daily basis. Partnerships like @soaperduper and @wateraid can make a life changing difference and I can't wait to see the impact they have tomorrow. Seeing all these children smiling and happy, irrespective of their situation, makes me miss my girls so much and so grateful that water isn't something that we have to worry about. Puts life in perspective very sharply. Day 3 should be an eye opener.... #havenothingyetgiveeverything#missmygirls#madagascar#worktolive#livetowork#Fatherofdaughters#FOD#dadlife#instadad
Sumintra, 25, and her family, who belong to the Baiga tribe in the highlands of central India, are adapting to changes brought about by modernity gradually entering their community.
Hello, Mani here, this is my last day bringing you stories from Nepal In this photo Samjhana holds a photo taken on a polaroid instax camera Usually I shoot on my digital camera and the teenagers are eager to see the result on the camera screen straight away. Samjhana asked me many times for a printed photo of her, so one afternoon when she was returning with her friends after collecting food for her family's cattle, they stopped to rest for a while and I said to her that I can do magic and instantly print a photo! I took a photo on my instax and handed it straight over - they were so very excited to see the photo
I loved seeing the smile on her face, it was so refreshing to see this in the midst of her struggles to collect food and water for her family and their animals.
Next week is the last week to join #TheWaterFight to make sure every child everywhere has access to taps and toilets! Sign now! (link in bio)
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Samjhana is a pet lover so lucky for her this dog wants to be her friend - he follows wherever she goes. One afternoon when I was photographing her collecting food for her family’s cattle, the dog also came along behind us. I clicked this photo of Samjhana looking very happy as she played with the dog but I know that the daily struggle she has to undergo for water is a painful one. #TheWaterFight is a fight for young people around the world who shouldn’t have to live with the burden of collecting water every day. We want to ensure that every child has access to clean water so they can always be as happy as Samjhana playing with a puppy!!
Namaste 🏼 Mani here bringing you stories from the field in Nepal all week
This is Anisha, she is 13 years old, she sits outside her home after collecting water. I clicked this photo soon after Anisha put down the jerry can. It takes only 3-4 minutes to reach the well... but pulling up water from the deep well takes lots of time. To add to this, in the dry season there is a long queue!
Everyday Anisha carries heavy jerry cans full of dirty water from the well, this means she is late for school daily... This is not good!
With a little of your help, girls such as Anisha can get access to clean drinking water and decent toilets at her school.
🏼And a big thank you to those who have already signed the petition (Link in bio)
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Mani, one of WaterAid's Voices From The Field Officers, taking over @wateraid again today! This is Roshan, he is 12 years old, he is carrying home a gagri (a traditional water pot) of dirty water. He collected water from an unprotected well used by lower castes in Nepal
When I first heard about this well only used by people of a lower caste, I actually couldn't believe it and immediately I asked the community to show me the well!
The well was so deep and for a children it would be very difficult to pull up a bucket full of water. I met Roshan when he was pulling water from the well, it seemed like it was nothing for him, but he said it is difficult to pull up the bucket.
"I collect water in the morning before school, then again when I come home in the evening. It’s difficult. It’s difficult to collect water and pull up the bucket, its heavy and makes my arms ache."
Join #TheWaterFight - the fight for every child, everywhere to have access to clean drinking water and a decent toilet by clicking the link in our bio
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Pramila is 13 years old, she collects dirty water from a small hole she has dug next to the main river... While talking to Pramila, she said she has to collect water from the river in the dry season. Our team followed her to the river to photograph her.
I was amazed when she started digging a hole at the riverside! I thought she would collect water directly from the river but she waits until the clean water rises up in the hand dug hole, when the water looked clear, she scoops a little water at a time until the jerry can is full. It took a really long time to fill the jerry can. I understood now why she is late to school and misses her lessons!
Did you know? 3 in 10 schools worldwide don't have clean water, and 1 in 3 don't have decent toilets. #TheWaterFight is a fight for young people everywhere around the world to make sure every student like Pramila has taps and toilets at school - will you be part of #TheWaterFight... Sign our petition to join (link in bio)
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This is Pramila riding her bicycle to the river to collect dirty water. She says "I collect water for drinking, cooking, washing clothes, to give to livestock and for bathing. I go two times in the morning, and two or three times in the evening."
Join #TheWaterFight this summer! We are fighting for every child, everywhere, to have access to clean drinking water and a decent toilet.
Click the link in our bio to sign the petition and make a difference
Mani here taking over @wateraid again... This is Pramila, she is 13 years old. Initially, I was taking photos of her friend Samjhana and I didn’t notice Pramila as she was quite shy, but when I went back the next day we starting talking about her experience of collecting water.
She also has to carry water everyday! This means she is late to school
She wants to become a nurse in her village but she is worried about her studies being hampered by time spent collecting water. She misses school three to four times a week because of fetching water!
In this photo, Pramila is with her bicycle on her way to collect dirty water from the river.
Sign #TheWaterFight petition now (link in bio) to put a stop to teenage girls like Pramila missing school to collect water.
You can help change lives.
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Samjhana collects dirty water from the unprotected tapped spring. She explained to me "There are a lot of people at the water source in the dry season, the pond is very small and we need a long rope. You can only pull one rope at a time so you can’t pull two buckets together. You have to do it one by one. It takes about two hours."
If you think that no child should have to spend two hours to collect a single bucket of water, join #TheWaterFight now (use link in bio)
Here is Samjhana with her bicycle as she makes her to way to collect dirty water from the unprotected spring. She says "When we go to collect water it takes time, it’ll get late so I’ll miss lessons….I miss school many times; one-two times a week. I keep missing school. I don’t get time to study well. It feels bad. Sometimes, even if you want to go to school, you’re already late and everyone has already left for school so I feel like crying. The teacher scolds us, ‘why didn’t you come to school?’”
This is the final week of our #TheWaterFight petition, please add your name if you agree that children like Samjhana shouldn’t have to miss school just to collect water!
(To sign use link in bio)
This is Samjhana. She is 12 years old. When I first met her, she was playing with her friends. I found her jolly and smiley while taking her portrait photo. I found it difficult to imagine that every day she has to carry heavy jerry cans full of water. And they were really heavy!
It is sad that this teenage girl has to carry heavy water and for this reason she is late to school and misses her lessons. This photo was taken when she was preparing jerry cans before making her way to collect dirty water on her bicycle. #TheWaterFight is a fight for young people everywhere around the world to make sure every child like Samjhana has taps and toilets at school.
3 in 10 schools worldwide don't have clean water, and 1 in 3 don't have decent toilets!
Please sign our petition (Link in bio) - You can change that!
Nameste from Nepal Mani here taking over @wateraid for the week 🏼 I am the Voices from the Field officer based in Kathmandu, and I'm going to take you to #TheWaterFight in Siraha where WaterAid is working to provide clean drinking water so that children no longer have to miss out on going to school.
Stay posted all week to learn more about Samjhana, Pramila and their friends.
" I picked it up under the trees near my house. I don't know what to do with it yet. My friend says we should cook it but I'm going to bury it ".
I met Joseph, who looked to be about 8, at Nyarugusu Dispensary. He was sitting alone with a little bird in his hands - while he waits for his mother and newborn baby sister that came in for vaccination.
Nyarugusu dispensary is just one of 12 health-care facilities in Geita region WaterAid Tanzania is working in, providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene for improved maternal and newborn health.
When I asked Joseph if his mother saw the bird he quickly hid it in his pocket.
"If she see's it she will make me throw it".
Women fetching water from privately owned wells in Geita region. Geita is surrounded by shallow and deep water wells, however the water quality is poor and often contaminated by the nearby gold mines. WaterAid Tanzania is currently drilling 12 boreholes across two districts in Geita region, which will provide the surrounding communities, schools and healthcare facilities with clean, safe and affordable water. Photo by @sam.vox
"I pray to God every day for a better and healthier life for my baby, not just for him but everyone in our community. I will be so grateful for the day we all get access to clean water." Lahey Kabuguzo, 31.
Lahey gave birth at Nyarugusu dispensary earlier this year, here in Geita. I managed to get this picture of her while she waited for her turn to get her baby weighed.
Nyarugusu dispensary is just one of 12 health-care facilities in Geita region WaterAid Tanzania is working in, providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene for improved maternal and newborn health. Photo by @sam.vox.
Mambo! (Hello) @sam.vox here. I'm a photographer from Tanzania. I'll be taking over WaterAid's account for the day to show you all some of the behind the scenes shots here in Geita, Mwanza, North of Tanzania.
I'll be on the ground documenting the Geita project, which is part of WaterAid Tanzania's flagship programs on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health-care facilities to improve maternal and newborn health.
Keep a look out on WaterAid's Instagram stories for more.
Still not feeling ready to head back to the classroom and hit the books? Take inspiration from Sharin in Nicaragua who says “I really like coming to school because I enjoy learning and I like to spend time with my friends. My favourite subject is Spanish because I like learning about language. I feel good because we have toilets and they are much cleaner. We also have handwashing stations and I can wash my hands there. And we also have clean water to drink! That makes me happy.” Clean water at school makes us happy too!
Photo by: Nathalie Fernandes #backtoschool#Nicaragua#education#cleanwater#cleanwaterforall
Are you ready for some girl power? Let’s hear it for Elizabeth in Uganda who knows why education is so important... "It's good for girls to attain education because education is key to success and realisation of girls' dream of getting good well-paying jobs. This is what motivates me to work hard in class and excel." Elizabeth’s school has a tap water supply and flush toilets – this means there is no reason for Elizabeth and her fellow classmates to miss school.
Photo by: James Kiyimba #girlpower#backtoschool#uganda#education#sanitation
We know it is important that boys as well as girls learn about menstrual hygiene... Sometimes it can be embarrassing, but not for Narcisse who is our hero of the day!
At school in Burkina Faso he learnt about hygiene and menstruation and told us "Menstruation is natural for girls. As a boy, I shouldn’t laugh at girls who have their period. I have to support them"
Go Narcisse!! Photo by: Basile Ouedraogo #hygieneeducation#menstruation#BurkinaFaso#herooftheday#education
Put your hands up if you’re excited to get back to school soon! 🏼 Tryness is a teacher in Malawi
Despite the fact that the school she was teaching at didn’t have water she decided to stay put to help her students! "We now have clean classrooms and toilets. The children now enjoy a good learning environment. I feel so empty during holiday season because I am used to hearing the children singing and laughing. I guess it is the reason why I never left despite facing water problems for three years." Tryness might be our favourite teacher, who is yours?
Photo by: Dennis Lupenga #backtoschool#teacher#bestteacher#education#cleanwaterforall#cleanwater#malawi