The First Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary Team, San Antonio Interfaith Power & Light, and Compassionate San Antonio present My Walk of Hope and Change: Transforming Women’s Water Burdens into Economic Opportunities in East Africa by Rose Wamalwa on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 12:30pm at the Fellowship Hall of First Unitarian Universalist Church (7150 W. Interstate 10, San Antonio, TX 78213).
Ms. Wamalwa is the founder and program director of Women in Water and Natural Resources Conservation (WE-CAN) in Kakamega, Kenya. She is in the US for four months with the Community Solutions Program of the US Department of State, in partnership with IREX, to work with the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (GEAA) on local issues of water quality and conservation and to mitigate non-point sources of water pollution. She hopes to establish relationships and learn about water quality and water conservation programs that can translate into the creation of similar projects in Africa.The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders that matches global leaders with organizations across the United States to collaborate on projects and leave them better positioned to make lasting change in their home communities. GEAA was chosen as one of 60 American organizations to host Community Solutions Leaders this fall.
Born and raised in rural Kenya, Rose recalls walking 5 KM with a jerrican balanced on her head to bring home water. Growing up she experienced the abuse, harassment and discrimination of women in her community. WE-CAN was created in response to the need to strengthen and build home grown capacity, empowering African women to seek solutions for African communities.
Rose’s goal is to pursue an integrated socio-economic and cultural development approach in the fight against poverty and social exclusion through grass-root organizing of communities and families. In collaboration with the Global Women’s Water Initiative, WE-CAN has trained 3,000 women In Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania on WASH and its related technologies, and has constructed 50 rain water harvesting tanks and 20 ventilated pit latrines.
Learn first-hand about this extraordinary woman and the work she is doing to improve the lives of women in Africa. A light lunch will be provided for those attending.
Note: Daylight savings time ends at 2am on November 2nd. Fall back one hour!