Give the Gift of Partnership

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Instead of going to the mall…
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Give the gift of partnership, information sharing, and collaboration all in the name of environmental justice. Give $50 or more towards a Solidarity Grant to strengthen the work of a Native American grassroots environmental organization.

Give a Women’s Earth Alliance Gift Card instead of more stuff, and you will be supporting women leaders around the world who devote their lives to ensure clean water, healthy food and environmental justice for generations to come.
With each Gift Card we will send a beautiful, handwritten note to the friend or family member you’ve chosen.
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Want to join us by giving your friends and family the gift of a healthy environment this holiday season?
Weaving the Worlds Gift Cards. Available now.

Give the Gift of a Clean Water

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Instead of giving more stuff with more packaging…
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Give the gift of clean water, a way to earn money, and an empowered community. Give $50 or more towards a seed grant for an African woman leader to launch a sustainable water project in her community.

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Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Americans produce more than 1 million tons of ADDITIONAL garbage per week?
Want to join us by giving your friends and family the gift of a healthy environment this holiday season?
Weaving the Worlds Gift Cards. Available now.

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Climate change’s affect on poor women

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A new report out by the United Nations Population Fund has warned that women in developing countries will be the most vulnerable to climate change.

“[Women] do most of the agricultural work, and are therefore affected by weather-related natural disasters impacting on food, energy and water, the report said.”

Read an article about it from the BBC here.  And read the full report here.

Call for nominations! West African women leaders

Project: West African Women Providing Safe Water and Sanitation

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We are looking for West African women leaders who are working for water security, health, and environmental sustainability in their communities.

The Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI) is a joint venture of international organizations A Single Drop, Crabgrass, and Women’s Earth Alliance. The GWWI equips two-person teams of local African women leaders with technology training, introductory business skills, networking support, and seed funding to launch water service projects in their communities that have the potential to become income-generating.

The 2010 West Africa Program is in partnership with WaterAid Ghana and will include a week-long training to be held near Accra, Ghana in late February, 2010. Attendees will create and commit to specific action plans for the year following the training. The GWWI team will provide seed funding and follow-up support for each team to implement a water project.

For more information and the application form click here or email us at womenandwater(at) gmail.com.

Arsenic Contamination: Water Assessment in Assam, India

Project: Together for H2OPE

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“Cost-effective, user friendly technologies providing pure water are required to counter the serious health hazards due to consumption of As and/or Fe-contaminated water.”

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Map of the Brahmaputra River Basin in India Source: IndiaNetzone

This water assessment research study done by Chetia, Chatterjee, Banerjee, Natah, Singh, Srivastava, and Sarma collected water samples from various regions of the Golaghat district in Assam, India. These samples were analyzed for arsenic, iron, manganese, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, pH, total hardness, and sulfate ions. Results reveal that heavy metals, like As, Fe, and Mn, are present in the water sources and some are present way past the allowed limit. The groundwater contamination reveals the utmost importance of providing safe water for the communities use. WEA, partnering with the Numi Tea Foundation, is undertaking an assessment to provide access to safe water and sanitation in Numi’s tea farming communities in Assam, India.