This past Saturday at Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty in Manhattan, New York. FACE Africa hosted their 5th Annual Gala. The purpose of the evening was to support clean water projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. With the funds raised this past weekend and other countless donations, the funds support sustainable clean water, sanitation and hygiene projects in Liberia, with a particular interest in empowering young girls and women through access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene. Proceeds from this year's Gala will support FACE Africa's latest County-by-County initiative to expand access to safe drinking water in RiverCress County, one of Liberia's poorest and most marginalized counties.
In honor of Women's History Month, FACE Africa (www.faceafrica.org) has partnered with Indiegogo for their Women Rock for Clean Water Campaign.
In most African societies, women are seen as the collectors, managers, and guardians of water for household chores that range from cooking, washing, and childbearing. With these traditional gender labor roles, women spend around 60% of their day collecting water, which translates to 110 million collective work hours and a decrease in the amount of time available for education, income-generating activities, house-work or childcare. Women and girls are disproportionally burdened by scarcity of clean drinking water. The detriment water scarcity has on education attainment for women in turn affect the social and economic capital of women in terms of leadership, earnings, and working opportunities.