Clean water changes lives. In some developing countries, women and girls take a bucket every morning and walk several hours, tediously collecting water for their households. School and work time suffers. Instead of learning how to read and write, girls carry the burden of providing water for their families. But without water, how is the household going to survive? POWNIA together with local communities in a joint venture build and maintain wells, boreholes and latrines in their villages. POWNIA provide training and construction materials through partnerships while the communities contribute labour and pay for operation and maintenance costs. The goal of these projects is to reduce the health risks of water-related diseases and shorten the time women and girls need to fetch water from distant sources. With their saved time, they can earn an income or go to school.