Is everybody ready for Glastonbury? We're very excited about being there again this year! Check out our Stories over the rest of the week to see what we get up to! #dancing#keepdancinged#excited
You'd want to give your baby the best start in life, wouldn't you? Giving birth in a clinic that has clean water is essential to providing a healthy start. Midwife Bimola is now able to deliver babies in a safer environment at her clinic in Bangladesh , as sanitary conditions have improved significantly since the beginning of the year. Bimola also has a strong desire for more positive development at her workplace: "I want to make mothers more aware of poor conditions of water, sanitation and hygiene, to help keep their babies safe," she says. #healthystart#cleanwater#cleanwaterforall#instagood#photooftheday#midwife#baby#bangladesh. Photo: Al Shahriar Rupam.
Happy Fathers Day! James works for WaterAid in Uganda. He's also a dad. In the future James hopes no father will have to see his children drink dirty water. Respect to all dads doing the best for their kids! #fathersday#uganda#cleanwater#cleanwaterforall
Midwives often form strong bonds with mothers who come to give birth in their hospitals. And clean water is essential for them to do their job properly. Midwife Parboti helped Shokla, 19, give birth at a hospital in Khulna, Bangladesh . "Parboti helped me bring my child into this world. I am really greatful for her support and care. I can't imagine giving birth to my baby in another place, without enough water and good hygiene," says Shokla. Read a full article with many stories from our work on the @guardian website in the Global Development section published today. #instagood#bangladesh#midwife#cleanwaterforall#cleanwater#baby. Photo: Al Shahriar Rupam.
Join The Water Fight! This summer, we're fighting for every child, everywhere to have clean water and a decent toilet, including Anisha, Krishna, Pramila, Roshan, Dharamdev and Samjhana, all who live in Nepal . Look out for more videos and photos over the coming months. Click on the link in our bio to find out more. #TheWaterFight#cleanwaterforall#Nepal.
Every mother wants to be able to watch their children grow up knowing they have the best opportunity to be healthy, for which clean water is essential. Lomandawa's community in Malawi recently had a water kiosk put in, so she can wash her six month old baby Hastings in fresh, clean water every single day! Happy #WaterWednesday! #instagood#photooftheday#malawi#baby. Photo: Alexia Webster.
"As hygienists we are considered chiefs of cleanliness!" Adelise and Issaka visit up to 20 households a day when they do their rounds in communities in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso , encouraging good hygiene practices among families and advising those who don't have a toilet to register for support from our local project. Thanks Adelise and Issaka! #instagood#photooftheday#photooftheday#burkinafaso. Photo: Basile Ouedraogo
Marionette is a fantastic teacher at a primary school in Madagascar and has worked there for 36 years. For nearly all of that time, the school didn't have clean water for its pupils and teachers. But now, thanks to a WaterAid project benefitting the school and the surrounding communities, things are starting to change. "We are very proud of what we have achieved so far in terms of water, sanitation and hygiene in school," says Marionette. "Pupils are now very clean and are able to focus on studying. We are making sure that our environment is clean by cleaning the classrooms and courtyard every day." #instagood#madagascar#teacher#cleanwater#cleanwaterforall#photooftheday. Photo: @ernestrandriarimalala
A year ago, when she was unaware of the issues regarding menstrual hygiene, Manisha used to feel shy to dry her cloth pads in the sun. Instead, she would try to cover them up with other clothes on top but this meant that they would sometimes remain damp. Now she dries the fabric in the sun and teaches her sisters to do the same Sadly, unlike some of her friends, Manisha still faces certain restrictions when she is menstruating. She is still forbidden to enter the kitchen and is not allowed to touch the drinking water.
She is adamant that things will be different for the next generation: “Although I went through all of this, I will make sure that my younger sisters will get to eat and drink nutritional food during their menstruation and there will be no restrictions on reading and writing. My sisters will not have to go through any bad experiences during their menstruation. I’ll take a lead to create awareness about all these things in my society.” Photos by Manisha, 16 and @kpmani For WaterAid
Every day, 800 million women have their period. Secrecy and shame make it much more difficult for women and girls to get the help and support they may need to manage their periods hygienically and with dignity.
Unlike the other girls, with the exception of her first period, Sushma’s parents did not impose any restrictions on her during menstruation, therefore she decided to document the hygiene and sanitation situation at her school. As part of WaterAid’s work in Nepal, 12,500 students, including Sushma and her classmates, now have access to inclusive water, sanitation and menstrual hygiene facilities whilst at school. “During our menstruation we didn’t feel like attending school. Before, there was no arrangement of pad distribution, no changing room, no disposal space for pads or an incinerator, but now all of this is managed within school itself. We are encouraged to attend school more than before. We can talk openly about menstruation with our teachers as well. We feel happy witnessing such a big change within our school. These facilities have truly made our lives easy.” Photos by Sushma, 17 and @kpmani for WaterAid #nepal#instagood#menstruation#periods#noshame#girls#education
Previously, when Sabina was on her period she was forbidden to go to the places where her brothers were playing. Nowdays she can go and play with them without hesitation and says because of this her brother Uttam is now more like a friend than a brother. Her biggest champion now? Her mother. “My mother used to follow all the norms during my menstruation…I wasn’t allowed to look at my father, touch books, interact with male teachers, cross river, attend weddings or enter temples. But when there was the exhibition at my school, she came and she looked at my pictures thoroughly. She understood that menstruation is not a curse but a normal biological process. She also understood my feelings involved in the pictures I clicked. After that she has been the most helpful person in solving my problems. She never puts any restrictions on me. She lets me eat and drink anything I want. She also allows me to play and go wherever I want. Now she understands that we should never restrict daughters from growing. She understands that girls shouldn’t be tortured and drawn within limitations. She understands that if girls are restricted to attend school and study it will impact us negatively. So she tries to solve all these problems through healthy discussion. She even suggests better things to my sisters and other people in my community. She has truly changed in many ways and I feel lucky to have her. “
Photos by Sabina, 15 and @kpmani for WaterAid
Rabina’s story: “In our society there is a stigma around menstruation, that’s why we don’t openly talk about it … I was sceptical about the photographs I had clicked because an elderly neighbour scolded me and questioned me about my photographs. One neighbour even told me ‘who taught you to take photographs of all this?’ and they would say that I had taken really bad pictures. But, through the discussion and with time, I was able to explain to them about my feelings and eventually they understood. I felt agitated at first, but the awareness within me clarified my vision…and with time they understood what I was trying to explain through those pictures and eventually they believed me.” Previously, when she had her period, Rabina had to eat separately from her family and was not allowed to touch certain foods. She no longer has to eat apart from her family using a separate set of utensils and she can now eat her favourite food, chili pickle, whatever the time of the month.
Photos by Rabina, 17
Once her menstruation had started Rita wasn’t allowed to touch the plants in her family’s kitchen garden. Her relatives would scold her, telling her that if she touched plants when she was menstruating the plant would rot and die.
Now, she says, things have changed: “Now they don’t restrict me from entering into the garden. I experienced this change because when we had the exhibition at the end of last workshop, my mother visited and saw all the pictures. Then she started allowing me slowly inside the garden. At first she was kind of sceptical and would scold me but I started going inside the garden despite her objection and the plants and vegetables didn’t die. I could prove that all those beliefs were all wrong. I proved to them that it was wrong to believe that plants would die if we touched them during our menstruation. Hence, as a part of the change I can now enter kitchen garden anytime and pluck fresh vegetables from it.” Photos by Rita, 17 #noshame#menstruation#menstrualhygiene#girlpower#nepal#kitchengarden
Five inspiring girls in Nepal are using the power of photography to help end the menstrual taboos that have restricted what they can and can’t do when they get their period.
Last year, the girls picked up cameras for the very first time and provided a moving insight into what life was like for them during their period. They exhibited the photos at their school, allowing a discussion to open up between the generations and giving the girls an opportunity to pass on the lessons they had learned about menstrual hygiene management.
A year on and Rita, Rabina, Sushma, Sabina and Manisha have now produced touching images showing how, empowered by the photo project, they have driven change in their community and transformed their own lives.
To mark Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May, we will be sharing their stories here.
Everyone deserves the right to drink clean, safe water that won't do them any harm. We are 90% of the way there. But we need to reach the last 10%, including this community in Uganda . You can help by supporting WaterAid. Go to wateraid.org to find out more. #uganda#cleanwaterforall#photooftheday. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith @abbiets
"I can now go to the bathroom by myself without anyone having to accompany me and without any difficulty." Ghulam, 68, uses a tricycle to get about as he has difficult walking. Before, he had to go to the toilet in an open field and someone always had to go with him, but now that a bathroom has been built inside his home in Pakistan , he no longer needs to do that. "My daughters also now do not have to go outside to go to the toilet, they use the bathroom in the house. So, now their dignity is saved." #instagood#mondaymotivation#photooftheday#pakistan#toiletsforall. Photo: @aksgrapher
Having clean water when you visit a hospital is very important to staying healthy during your visit. When Phat and her granddaughter Saymom visited this hospital in Cambodia they were able to drink clean water from the taps recently installed there. The system runs around the whole hospital, allowing doctors and nurses to use it to wash their hands throughout the day and in treating patients. #instagood#feelgoodfriday#cambodia#photooftheday. Photo: Tom Greenwood
Through teaching others, we can help create a world where everyone has the chance to achieve their dreams. Laxmi, who lives in Delhi, India , teaches young children to help her earn money for further study and to have a positive impact on her community. "I want to show society that girls really can do something if they want to," she says. By supporting families in this neighbourhood to install toilets in their homes, including Laxmi's, WaterAid has encouraged others to see the value of improving their sanitation situation. In turn, development like this allows people to lift themselves out of poverty, giving them the chance to do what they really want to do in life. #instagood#india#photooftheday#toiletsforall#teacher. Photo: Adam Ferguson.
Having clean water and facilities for managing periods means school has become a much better place for Jennifer, who lives in Kenya . Girls don't have to leave the school now when they get their periods. "I am happy to be able to do that. It's a safe place for girls now," says Jennifer, who is also an inspirational pupil teaching and helping other girls about menstruation and hygiene. #instagood#cleanwater#cleanwaterforall#kenya#photooftheday#WaterWednesday. Photo: @behailushiferaw
For Sandy and her friends, having clean water available in their village in Madagascar meant that when mango season came around, they could wash them properly, making them safer to eat. "Our life now is much cleaner and better than before," says Sandy. "I am now proud of my family and myself and proud of what we achieved so far to improve our hygiene." #instagood#photooftheday#mango#madagascar#friends#cleanwater#cleanwaterforall
"I first met Eric in March 2016, when I went to his village in Rwanda. He worked as a water boy/janitor for a health centre, where we were beginning a project to bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene education. He told me then that he had to go to the lake up to eight times a day. A year later, when I went back to visit, WaterAid's project is complete and Eric does not have to go to the lake anymore. Instead, he goes to the backyard and just presses a green button, and his jerry can fills within a minute. 'When I think of the lake, I only think of pain of having to go there and collecting 32 jerry cans of water everyday, I don't want to go back there. For no reason' he says. Eric still has a job, but a job that's a lot easier." Pictures and words by @behailushiferaw. #instagood#beforeandafter#cleanwaterforall#cleanwater#photooftheday
Today is International Nurse's Day! We are celebrating all the hard work nurses put into helping patients around the world. And having clean water is essential to making sure clinics can stay a healthy place for patients to be treated and recover in. "Clean water helps us so much, especially for childbirth," says Mariam, who is a nurse at a health centre in Mali . #instagood#nursesday#internationalnursesday#photooftheday#mali#nurse#cleanwater#cleanwaterforall. Photo: Basile Ouedraogo.
Would you drink water collected from your local river? Unfortunately these women in Papua New Guinea have to on a daily basis. We don't think this is acceptable. If you don't either, support WaterAid to help make this stop. #papuanewguinea#cleanwaterforall. Photo: Tom Greenwood.
Happy #WaterWednesday! What does it mean to you to have clean water available every day? Mao, Phea and Vuth recently got access to clean water in their village in Cambodia and the change this is bringing to the community is fantastic! #instagood#photooftheday#cambodia. Photo: Tom Greenwood
Having separate facilities for girls is extremely important in maintaining dignity and privacy when they need to go to the toilet. Amina and Rahama, who live in Ghana , find being at school a lot easier now a new toilet block has been built. They no longer need to go to the toilet outside in the open, where anyone could see and where there was always a risk of being bitten by snakes or scorpions. #toiletsforall#ghana#instagood#photooftheday. Photo: Nyani Quarmyne.
Today, with H&M, we are launching a new partnership with Elbi, an app where you can engage in different campaigns to transform the world in a fun and simple way. The collaboration is celebrating the launch of #HMConciousExclusive and H&M has chosen to highlight the work of WaterAid for a two week campaign in the Elbi app. Download the Elbi app to find out more and to support our work, so you can help more people like Alemu, who lives in Ethiopia , to access clean water. Photo: Behailu Shiferaw. #cleanwaterforall#elbi#h&m
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