Lack of access to clean water and hygiene tools at home and at school effects girls more acutely than boys.


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Education

Girls most commonly dropout of school after Grade 6 because there aren’t private latrines where they can relieve themselves safely or manage their menstrual cycle. When girls stay in school longer, they are more likely to start their own businesses and, in turn, it has been shown that women are more likely to reinvest profits from business to promote their family’s health, children’s education, and future business growth.

For every year a girl spends in school she raises her family income by up to 20%.[1]


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Choice

When girls drop out of school early, often they are married off too young. This puts their entire future at risk as a cascade of events typically follows early marriage including higher rates of complication during childbirth, domestic violence and poverty.

Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for 15 to 19 year-old girls worldwide. [2]


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Safety  

Girls and women are typically responsible for the long, arduous walks to retrieve water from local lakes and streams using jerry cans that weigh upwards of 40 pounds when full. These trips take hours and can be dangerous, leaving girls vulnerable to rape and assault as they journey along remote roads and pathways.

In 2016, new HIV infections among teenage girls were 44% higher than boys in the same age group. [3]


Your gift of clean water is so much more than clean water — it is an opportunity for girls and young women to have a bright, safe future that is full of possibility.

When we invest in women and girls, we are investing in the people who invest in everyone else.
— Melinda Gates
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