PIWAAI’s Impact on Water-Fetching Challenges

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 20 million women globally suffer from uterine prolapse, with higher prevalence rates in rural areas where access to clean water and sanitation facilities is limited. The strain caused by carrying heavy containers of water over long distances and the frequent bending and lifting involved can weaken the pelvic floor muscles, leading to pelvic organ prolapse, including uterine prolapse.

45 years old Tika Kumari Nepal’s journey is one that exemplifies the harsh reality faced by many women around the world. In her village, Satdobato, Balefi Rural Municipality, the absence of clean water and the arduous task of fetching it had dire consequences. The daily journey to nearby water sources meant enduring long distances, often carrying heavy containers, and waiting for hours in queues. As a result, Tika’s health deteriorated, and she found herself grappling with the debilitating effects of uterine prolapse, a condition that affected her ability to perform daily activities and brought about chronic pain.

Tika’s experience underscores the urgent need for improved water infrastructure and hygiene practices, not only for the well-being and dignity of women but also for the overall development of communities. By focusing on comprehensive solutions that address both the physical and social aspects of the problems, PIWAAI aimed to empower women like Tika and create a future where the burden of water-fetching no longer threatens their health and well-being.

PIWAAI brought clean water directly to the households eliminating the need for long journeys and heavy lifting, reducing the risk of developing conditions like uterine prolapse. The availability of clean water at their doorstep has ensured a safe and convenient water supply for daily needs and has spared women from the physical burden along with the promotion of hygiene practices. PIWAAI’s holistic approach, encompassing infrastructure, education, and community involvement, strives towards a future where all women have access to clean water, are free from the burden of water-fetching activities, and can lead healthy, empowered lives.

Tika Kumari happy with her newly built tapstand by PIWAAI