The Her Initiative was birthed in 2015 out of a passion to empower women through clean water.
Since 2002, Healing Waters International has been providing safe water to thirsty communities around the world by developing low-cost high-impact water treatment systems that can go anywhere – with over 160 water projects in 13+ countries! Over the years Healing Waters saw how women were most affected by the global water crisis.
So in 2012, they were compelled to invest in these lives and began implementing a female-specific health & hygiene program called ‘Clothed With Strength and Dignity’. The Her Initiative is focused on building a community of women to further this cause.
Director of The Her Initiative
We call it
CREATES CLEAN WATER
TEACHES HEALTH & HYGIENE
AND EMPOWERS WOMEN
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What you can do
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why empowering women is so important
We ask ourselves, “How can Healing Waters make a significant contribution toward such a big need – 800 million people who still need access to safe water?”
Our answer: We can go where it is the most difficult to get safe water flowing. We can take water across real but invisible water boundaries. These boundaries are sometimes created by the mere distance from a recently installed water point, or by economics, culture, religion or gender differences. We seek to reach communities where the water hasn’t yet flowed across these boundaries.
The Her Initiative is our response to many of these boundaries and how they deeply affect women. Globally, women and children spend over 140 million hours collecting water daily! Girls miss 145 million days of school every year due to dirty water. We aren’t ok with this and we know you aren’t either.
As a father of two young, successful women, I can hardly imagine what their lives would be like if we had lived in a community without access to clean, safe water. Just like I want the best for my daughters, I want the best for the women we work with – and I’m seeing that through The Her Initiative.
CEO, Healing Waters International