GWWIGeorgia Water and Wastewater Institute (environmental training facility)
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Since designing solutions with an integrated approach is the most effective way to reduce the spread of such diseases, GWWI trainees learn multiple strategies for providing access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.
GWWI designed this multi-year, holistic water, sanitation, and hygiene training-model to focus on women in response to a 2010-2011 UN Food and Agriculture Organization report that found that the "exclusion of women in community water and sanitation projects was the cause of their high rate of failure."
GWWI is one of the only organizations in the world that trains women and women-led organizations to provide a full spectrum of WASH services.
As technicians, GWWI trainees learn to construct appropriate technologies made out of local materials, like rainwater harvesting systems, water storage tanks, toilets, and water filters.
Members of Women in Water and Natural Resources Conservation were able to provide customized solutions to both the Kharanda Health Clinic and Kakamega School because of the training and seed funding they received from GWWI. The women's group has since helped out other schools and raised more than $51,000 in grants and in-kind donations from the community.
The 11 other women's groups in GWWI's current training cohort have similar success stories.
GWWI uses WASH expertise as an entry point to build women's leadership.
After four years of GWWI training, one-third of the women who had undergone training were invited to serve on their local water boards, including one who was elected as the board chairperson.
This summer GWWI partnered with Ugandan local organization iCON Women and Young People's Leadership Academy.