Having clean water in India results in improved social outcomes on a number of levels. Good sanitation practices have an impact not only on health, but are also tied to education. Using an approach called MANTRA, Joe Madiath has show that by improving sanitation systems and providing access to clean running water within rural villages in India you can drastically increase attendance rates in schools especially for female students.
This is because women in India have traditionally been in charge of transporting water to the village which in the summer months can take up to 9 hours a day. This is a full work day, which leaves little to no time for anything else.
Joe’s success can be seen in the increase in attendance rates across projects. Before MANTRA less than 9% of girls attended school and only 30% of boys. Afterward school attendance rates increased to 90% for girls and 100% for boys.
How incredibly interconnected are all of these processes. It is important to remember how efforts in one area reverberate into others. So empowered are we to affect broad sweeping change positively even when laser focusing on just a little piece of it.