Water for Empowerment, an Indianapolis clean water charity, celebrates World Water Day on March 22

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Water for Empowerment, an Indianapolis clean water charity, celebrates World Water Day on March 22 with announcement of new corporate and philanthropic giving levels for a micro-enterprises project in Nicaragua. Through a partnership with WaterAid America, the charity helps young women in the Bilwi region of Nicaragua start businesses in clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

Water for Empowerment: Empowering young women with micro-enterprises in Nicaraugua

Water for Empowerment: Empowering young women with micro-enterprises in Nicaraugua

Investments in safe water and sanitation bring wider and more profound changes to the lives of women, their children and generations that follow.

Water for Empowerment, an Indianapolis clean water charity, celebrates World Water Day on March 22 with announcement of new corporate and philanthropic giving levels for a micro-enterprises project in Nicaragua. Through a partnership with WaterAid America, the charity helps young women in the Bilwi region of Nicaragua start businesses in clean water, sanitation and hygiene. The mission of Water for Empowerment is to help women and girls build healthy lives through clean water initiatives. The micro-enterprises project in Nicaragua fulfills the local charity’s mission, which was formally launched in late 2015 after receiving IRS tax-exempt status for donations. For 2016, Water for Empowerment’s goal is to raise $50,000 through local partnerships and donations.

WaterAid America, rated best charity by Charity Navigator for the last three years, is an ideal launch partner for Water for Empowerment as an organization because the organization serves developing communities around the world to address water scarcity issues which impact over 650 million people worldwide. Says charity President Dawn Sandoe, “We are fortunate to be partnering with an organization that can mentor our local efforts as part of a global community guided by the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN and 191 nations to address clean water scarcity and the empowerment of women and girls.”

Water for Empowerment is seeking new corporate partners to help support WaterAid’s micro-enterprises project in Nicaragua. Program Director for Water Aid, Joshua Breinberg says, "The participation of women and girls is essential if we are to achieve access to water, sanitation and hygiene education. What's more, when women are empowered through microfinance projects they generate household income that supports the broader needs of their families. As a result, investments in safe water and sanitation bring wider and more profound changes to the lives of women, their children and generations that follow." The UN estimates that for every dollar donated to a developing nation, the investment yields benefits between $3 and $34. Water for Empowerment raised $30,000 in 2015.

Dawn Sandoe, President of the charity says, “As a charitable organization, we are highly motivated by our mission to empower women and girls through clean water technologies. When girls are tasked with fetching water, often at peril of kidnap and rape, they are left out of the educational cycle in countries across the globe and often sold by their families into domestic or sexual slavery. But when a girl is educated, she teaches her family and community how to become more self-reliant.” Water for Empowerment is asking Hoosiers to honor World Water Day on March 22 with $10 donations via a project link that takes the money directly into Water Aid’s website.

Water for Empowerment’s new sponsorship levels of $500, $1000, $2500 and $5000 will fund different aspects of the micro-enterprises project that includes providing safe water filtration, sanitation and hygiene education, rainwater catchment tanks and pour-flush latrines. In 2015, local partners, such as EnviroForensics, Brandt Construction, Vapor Protection Services, Richard Van Rheenen, an Indianapolis environmental attorney, and the Robert Knox Trust raised $30,000 to sponsor the micro-enterprises project. Nancy Shields, Sr. Vice President of EnviroForensics, is heading up Water for Empowerment’s team of 2016 partners in an effort to reduce the number of hours a day that women and children spend collecting water, which is now estimated at 140 million hours a day.

This World Water Day, Water Aid America is raising awareness about the one in ten people living without clean water with a “Go Blue for Water” campaign which includes hashtags #Blue4Water and #WaterDay. The charity is the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to helping the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water and hygiene. Since 1982, WaterAid has helped 44 million people.

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