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“Lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin was famous for sayings like these. He had a way of reminding us of what is self evident in life even though it may not be exactly obvious. When considering our work at the Foundation, it occurred to me recently that one of the most important things we do is give time back to people for whom it has been lost. For example, in one village where we have invested in access to clean water, it was measured that the average woman in the village had an extra four to five hours a day back in her life because she no longer had to walk for water. Just imagine what she can do with that gift of time.
The Caterpillar Foundation has been given the great privilege not to lift people out of poverty as though they couldn’t do this themselves, but instead, we get to be a part of the journey with these women. The gift of time is one of the most powerful things we can give because it unleashes the natural power of these women to do things…like start businesses, schools and non-for-profits to make their families, their villages and their world a better place. The power of time is about the person receiving the gift more than anything else. The Caterpillar Foundation believes that together with partners like charity: water, we can make a difference in this space and ultimately, in the lives of the people of Africa.
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of the people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to improved water supply sources
people do not have access to improved sanitation facilities
children annually die before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable and treatable causes
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Safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all.
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Sitawa is a blogger and activist tackling a highly stigmatized issue in her home country of Kenya: mental health. After being diagnosed with epilepsy and bipolar disorder as a teenager, she found it extremely difficult to manage her conditions due to the lack of resources. She decided to launch a blog where she shared her story of surviving sexual assault and experiences about living with mental health disorders.
After her blog gained a massive following, Sitawa launched a free SMS mental health help line to provide information and support for people living with mental health conditions in Kenya. This eventually evolved into My Mind, My Funk, a social enterprise consisting of counseling services, advocacy, and education forums on mental health awareness. She now sits on Kenya’s Mental Health Policy Review Committee and serves as Assistant Secretary in the National Epilepsy Coordination Committee.
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Today alone, women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa will waste 21 million hours fetching water for their families. However, when a clean water access point comes to a community, those women are given the most wonderful gift–the gift of time.
As more Africans move out of poverty, job creation is the necessary next step and having bright young women at the helm providing employment is a way of directly addressing and eradicating the adverse effects poverty has on women!
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