Hope for girls
Hope for Girls is a unique WASH (Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Intervention for those living without clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene-related services in Ethiopia’s rural South West Shewa Zone. Though our project benefits all village residents in our target area through the provision of clean water, it focuses intently on the empowerment of women and girls by advancing their access to education equitability and economic opportunity. HSW will pilot the initiative in 10 high-risk schools (six primary and four secondary) campuses.
Hope for Girls involves a three-pronged approach that seeks to eliminate the three most common barriers to a girl’s secondary education: inadequate access to water, sanitation, and menstruation-hygiene-management.
Each of the 10 target campuses will gain access to clean water through a new borehole well located on the school’s property. HSW will also ensure that every child has a safe and dignified restroom facility with the construction of new gender-specific latrines that specifically meet the needs of maturing young women. These latrines include hand-washing stations that will allow her a proper place to maintain proper hygiene practices. Finally, every girl over the age of 10 and every female teacher at each campus will receive a Days for Girls menstruation-hygiene-management (MHM) kit.
These kits are made with love and high-quality materials by our team of volunteers and are specially crafted to last for 3 years. According to UNICEF, the average girl in sub-Saharan Africa misses 60 days of school a year due to menstruation. This level of absenteeism can have devastating effects on her future earning potential and her ability to break the cycle of poverty in her family and community. Therefore, when a girl receives one of our kits, she potentially gains access to 180 more days of school, and when you educate a girl, you educate a nation!
If you love to sew or want to learn, join the Sewlutions Guild at Hope Springs Water, and begin making Days For Girls kits for Ethiopian girls! Email Jessica@hopespringswater.org for more info.