Waterlink Africa: Why is Water Life-Altering?

Clean Water Projects Image 2Did you know? $1 can give clean water to one person for over a decade.

Why is water life-altering?

  1. Unsterile water is the number two killer amongst children. Around the world, fetching water is a woman’s task. Thus, one of the most crucial health issues for women in Africa is the clean water shortage. 1 in 5 children worldwide dies of a water-related disease.
  2. Water is a women’s issue. In order to get access to clean water, women and girls must carry up to 50lbs of water every day over typically 5 miles or more. Carrying this water has shown to stunt growth in young girls which has contributed to the extremely high maternal mortality rate in these areas, but girls and women also face dangers along their way to a water source.
  3. Water improves education and economy. Education has been proven to be the greatest way to improve a community. When kids get sick from water-borne diseases, they can’t attend classes – then fall behind, then drop out. Most students suffer from severe dehydration because they try to drink as little bad water as possible. When the brain is dehydrated, it has a very hard time focusing on tasks such as school work, and chances of success are greatly diminished. There are some children who walk daily to get water and are unable to attend school, and the adults are unable to put hours into a paying vocation. When children have the opportunity to be educated, they can become problem solving members of the community and have a hope of contributing to their society.

Waterlink Africa

Fayye Foundation has teamed up with Waves for Water to pursue a series of clean water projects throughout Africa. The filters that will be installed use the highest filtration rates available, can provide clean water for an entire village for pennies a day, and have a high flow rate which eliminates the need to store water. The filters are self-sustaining and easy to maintain. If cared for, each $50 filter lasts for many years, providing clean water for up to 100 people a day.

waterlink Africa: a chain of friends, spanning generations, from Africa to America and back to Africa. Donor, healer, helper – each link is necessary. Waterlink Africa delivers solutions from inventors to people in need of safe drinking water in every faraway corner of Africa.

Waves for Water and Fayye Foundation are certain that everyone who lacks clean water deserves to have unlimited access via an endless chain of caring, of which each of us is a single link. Experts are confident that the water crisis will be completely eradicated in our lifetime, but the only way we can do that is by every person in the link working towards this cause.

To donate to our first Waterlink project (Waves for Awassa/Project Ethiopia) you can go here. Your tax-deductible donation has the potential to give 20,000 people access to clean water. Every dollar counts.

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  1. Jen 26 April, 2012, 23:23

    Nah, you’re totally a feminist! Anyone who believes women should have equal political, economic and social rights as men is a feminist. The most important part of feminism I think, is respect. If a man wants to buy a woman dinner because it’s a nice thing to do that is awesome but if a man buys a woman dinner because he thinks she’s unable to pay herself or he does it to get her to put out… not so cool. And just flat out refusing to pay is a rude thing to do, man or woman!

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  2. Tara @ secretsofamomaholic.com 27 April, 2012, 06:18

    Chivalry SHOULD NOT be dead! I am with you!!!

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  3. Erica 27 April, 2012, 08:41

    I think this is the way most women want to be treated, you are not alone!

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    • Jamie Lynne Author 1 May, 2012, 22:44

      Oh Good! I am so happy to hear this! I thought an angry feminist attack was going to be in these comments!

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  4. Lynn 27 April, 2012, 09:24

    Women are the only ones who can truly have it ALL! I’m thankful for the men, young and old, who have learned that the little “chivalrous” things they do show kindness and respect and are appreciated by most of us even as we fight for our equality in society.

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  5. Spank 27 April, 2012, 10:02

    Being a feminist does not mean that we want to be men. It just means that we want to be valued and not demeaned – be it wages, promotional opportunity (based on ability) society status and related issues. I do think that you can be a feminine feminist. I enjoy having a big and strong man take care of me provided he knows when and how I can take care of myself. That is a man who is not a misogynist pig but one that values and respects a woman who can be both fragile and strong. Does he exist? I’m still looking and I’m not above going to the Renaissance Festival if I have to. ;)

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    • Jamie Lynne Author 1 May, 2012, 22:46

      Funny you say that, Spank. Ginger and I were just speaking of attending a Renaissance fair! I didn’t even think of picking up guys for you there, but now I think it’s a splendid idea….Onward m’lass

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    • Maureen 13 August, 2012, 18:24

      Spank said it all. I agree that women don’t have to be men to be treated respectfully. Unfortunately it seems in our society that a lot of people in general can’t handle that and want it to be either “whore or Madonna.” Chivalry is lovely and I think it goes along with the innate desire of a man to protect the special woman in his life.

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  6. christina 27 April, 2012, 11:26

    I am totally on the same page as you with this =) it does seem hypocritical/unfair to men in some ways, I’ve always thought… but we’re worth it, right??? lol. and seriously, how insane is it that you got a picture of that guy that looks SO MUCH like Brian, that is insane!!! obviously Brian’s blue eyes are much more awesome =)

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    • Jamie Lynne Author 1 May, 2012, 22:48

      OMG I know! That picture doesn’t even show how much they look alike. Seriously the guy is Brian’s doppleganger. My brain got confused when he was on Game of Thrones. I thought it really was Brian. The boys are convinced it really is him. I showed them a picture and they thought Brian had dressed up for Halloween.

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  7. Zoe 27 April, 2012, 13:33

    It depends on how you define feminism. To get all academic about it :-), there are many branches and types — liberal feminism, socialist feminism, radical feminism, “third wave” feminism, ecofeminism, pro-life feminism, and more. If feminism in a general sense can be defined as believing women and men have equal dignity and rights, well, you’re a feminist. But if you also think that men and women are different from each other in some ways and therefore play different roles for each other sometimes, then some feminists in the above groups would disown you. Younger women today call themselves feminists but tend to find the anti-men/anti-feminine sentiment of 60s and 70s feminism off-putting. Which can irk older feminists who sometimes feel that younger women give their power to men and take for granted all they did to pave the way.

    I’m with you, though — I think true femininity can be both vulnerable and strong and that women and men are not interchangeable. Differences between the sexes does not mean better or worse, it simply means different — and hopefully complimentary most of the time.

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    • Jamie Lynne Author 1 May, 2012, 22:52

      Look at you with your fancy feminist terminology! I’m in awe.

      Yes vulnerable and strong. I am glad you agree they can coexist.

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  8. The Woman Formerly Known As Beautiful 27 April, 2012, 13:47

    I think I am you now that I’m 46 after trying to be dominant with men when I was 26. Did that make any sense?

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  9. Megan 27 April, 2012, 14:56

    I think chivalry is just showing respect- even though you like it both ways, you also treat your man the same way- special, yet on the same level as you.
    I always melt a little when mine shows his manners.

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    • Jamie Lynne Author 1 May, 2012, 22:49

      Me too….i hope to be raising chivalrous boys. The south has the edge on us Californians in this department.

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  10. Julie Ordonez 27 April, 2012, 16:39

    There’s nothing wrong with a little old school chivalry. As long as you hold your ground as a strong woman I see nothing wrong with a little door opening :)

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  11. Eva Smith 27 April, 2012, 18:53

    Chivalary is not dead. Just because a women wants equal social economic status as men doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be treated as ladies. I think Chivalary & Feminism is a perfect complimemt to each other. Why not.

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  12. Wendy 28 April, 2012, 17:13

    Apparently, I’m in the minority of people who cannot stand Game of Thrones.

    But yes, I vote that chivalry and feminism can co-exist. It’s all in the definition.

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    • Jamie Lynne Author 1 May, 2012, 22:51

      LOL I started watching it because there is a guy that looks exactly like my husband on it (like that is a good reason to watch a show…..) Hah…but they killed off his character and I’m still hooked. You need to join this bandwagon.

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  13. Eric M. 13 May, 2012, 19:15

    You can’t pick and choose when you want equality and when you want inequality and still qualify as a feminist. I doesn’t work that way. No, you can’t want equality only sometimes and be a feminist, otherwise people who are for traditional gender roles are equally feminist.

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  14. Christina F. 22 May, 2012, 18:01

    Eric, I don’t agree. I think both sexes have expectations of how they want to be treated by the opposite sex in a personal relationship, especially a romantic one. For each person those expectations may be different (which is also why different people define feminism differently), but as the women above have highlighted there are some stereotypical ones. A similar set of stereotypical expectations could be laid out by men for women and yet somehow that doesn’t mean men should make less in the workplace than an equal female counterpart. In my mind, feminism is the right to do what you want to do (regardless of how “feminist” it is) and be treated the same way as other individuals who are doing the same thing (regardless of gender). In my view of feminism, gender roles don’t play a big part because part of feminism to me is being able to choose to be feminine and display traditional gender roles. Whether the differences in our gender roles stem from nature or nurture, both sexes have proven themselves capable in a vast majority of careers, studies, and lifestyles and deserve to be treated equally when they are equal. For example, both of my parents are nuclear engineers, they score similarly on training tests, they have similar responsibilities, and their work production is very similar. They make the same amount of money and are equally respected by their coworkers. However, my parents display certain gender roles in their relationship. My dad picks up the check at dinner, my mom does the laundry and gardening, my dad takes out the trash and opens doors, my mom makes their medical appointments.

    I would also throw in that I think a lot of guys like being chivalrous! I know that I grew up with less pressure to fit into gender roles than a lot of girls and personally I like to open the door for myself, but it makes my husband feel good to be able to open it for me. It’s a bit ridiculous to think these roles exist solely because women want to be treated like the weaker sex.

    Great blog! It’s been years since I’ve read any research on gender roles. I’ll have to see what’s new in that area!

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  15. Mark 17 June, 2012, 00:37

    They cannot co-exist. If they could co-exist successfully, articles like this wouldn’t exist. Men are tired of having to treat women as equals from 9-to-5, and princesses from 5-to-9. If you expect certain things because you are a woman, you are practicing sexism, period. You can justify it all you want; it doesn’t change anything.

    On that note: I want both sexes to have equal economic, academic and political rights. But I still want women to wash my clothes, cook my dinner and remain submissive. Sexist? Hell no. I just feel men should be treated with respect. What’s good for the goose……

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  16. mike 7 August, 2012, 06:30

    They cannot co-exist. Ever. They are contradictory by nature. Feminism asserts that women should be equal to man, and treated with respect. Women can do everything men can, and they are strong an independent. I also agree with this to an extent.

    However, if women are so strong and independent, why must men open doors for them, pay for their meals, and basically worship them and treat them as princesses? If I respect you, I won’t be treating you like a child because I respect your strength and ability. I won’t insult you by always trying to pay for your meals since you obviously can’t pay for it yourself, and I won’t insult you by always trying to take care of you since I know you can do it yourself.

    Women who want both feminism and chivalry are being selfish; they want their cake and to eat it too, with an expensive glass of wine at the expense of man. If you want respect, I will give it to you if you can earn it. However, if you want to be taken care of, don’t expect me to treat you as my equal since you are essentially saying you can’t take care of yourself and you need man’s help (which contradicts what feminism is trying to say, that women don’t need man’s help and they are strong and independent).

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  17. Cece 13 August, 2012, 17:32

    They can co-exist. A man being kind and respectful doesn’t mean I suddenly lose all privilege as an equal, id open a door for a man too if needed :)

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  18. amy hurt 13 August, 2012, 20:32

    I’m with you on this one. I’m all for equal rights, don’t get me wrong. But I love being a woman. My husband’s protective of me and I appreciate it. It makes me feel adored. He’s also an old fashioned romantic and I think its awesome.

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  19. Dota 21 November, 2012, 19:40

    “Hypocritial? Totally,”

    And understandable. Feminists usually demand entitlements without the corresponding obligations.

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