In every village where GAiN drills a water well a borehole committee is elected with at least 50% of the committee being female. GAiN provides training for the committee in well maintenance, repair and best water-use practices. Establishing this group encourages community ownership, sustainability, and provides citizens an opportunity to govern the gift of water that has been given.
Often, many people in developing nations do not understand what causes their illnesses. To improve the overall health of communities, GAiN deploys a team of trained volunteers to educate people about sanitation and hygiene practices.
In various communities, women are devalued, downtrodden and may even experience abuse. Yet, through this training, women’s lives are made easier as it alleviates the suffering, creates awareness of issues related to gender, and provides women with dignity in the village.
This training helps increase the awareness of
- issues related to gender such as teaching communities to value the roles of others, while realizing that each person has a specific and needed role to in their community
- gender division of labor and understand that roles are given by society but fixed by culture and because of this roles can change over time
- different roles and ways people use water within their community
Occasionally clinics are provided to help address any illnesses and disease caused by years of contaminated water.