The Power of Women

The Power of Women

Driven by a family-centered culture, women are the central figures, leading and shaping the community. Women are not only the keepers of the household, they are the facilitators of community building and the foundation of change. Underlying their importance and responsibility, women’s groups congregate each week to discuss the challenges and disadvantages that impact families and undermine their ability to meet the needs of the children.

Challenges include:

  • Malnutrition and Food Insecurity – apart from homegrown crops and meats, there is no local market to supplement food intake. Without access to a balanced diet, children are largely at risk for malnutrition
  • Access to Water – the water supply is located 7 miles away from the village. Collected water is not always clean, as a result, children may suffer from issues of hygiene and sanitation, leading to high risk of illness and disease
  • Lack of Education – the closest secondary school is located 8 miles away from the village. Without access to public transportation, children spend hours walking to school. For this reason many children dropping out of school, creating a larger gap in education
  • Access to Healthcare – without a health facility nearby, villagers must travel long distances to receive care and treatment. Inaccessibility interferes with preventative care, promoting susceptibility to disease and malnutrition and hindering child growth and development