The National Council of Women of the United States is a hands-on organization that prides itself in taking action on behalf of the less fortunate– whenever or wherever it is needed. Whether the call comes from half way around the world from a community deprived of basic human needs, or a cry from a homeless woman in New York that needs a hand to lift her up closer to self reliance, we are there.
Care for the Community
Water For Life
Many people in rural Ghana face a daily struggle just to get the water they need for basic human needs – drinking, cooking and washing. In most villages, fetching water is the responsibility of old women and young girls, who must rise early each morning to walk to rivers and streams which may be five to fifteen miles away. This means that older women begin their daily chores already exhausted and young girls have no time to go to school. The water in the rivers is often contaminated from other uses – bathing, laundry, watering animals and watering crops. Each day, villagers will sicken or die from drinking this water. The contaminated water spreads diseases like diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever and day in and day out, this cycle repeats itself.
The National Council of Women and its affiliates have installed more than 80 wells in the Central and Ashanti Regions of Ghana, West Africa. Some of these villages are populated mostly by women and children, with mothers supporting families of 6 to 8 children on earnings of about $2 a day.