The Roth Family Foundation offers 10 fellowships for online water courses to West-African women in subjects related to Environmental Science, Municipal Water and Infrastructure, Water Management or Water Science and Engineering.
Woman & Water
The role of water collection in developing countries predominately falls to women and girls, who can spend hours each day walking miles to collect water from unprotected sources. The tragedy is that the water that they work so hard to collect is often dirty, polluted and unsafe to drink, coming from rivers, ponds or simply holes in the ground. In urban areas, women either have to walk long distances to collect water, use polluted sources such as factory outlets or buy expensive water from vendors.
UNESCO-IHE believes in stimulating women empowerment in water and sanitation for the poor through training a future generation of women water leaders.
Water Is Key: Photographs of West-Africa by Gill Garcetti
In 2012, photographer Gil Garcetti brought UNESCO-IHE's work to the attention of the Roth Family Foundation. His book 'Water is Key' tells the story of how clean water in villages in West Africa changes the lives, health, education, and destiny of the people there, especially that of women and girls. After his visit to UNESCO-IHE he expressed his enthusiasm after meeting with UNESCO-IHE students and staff to the Foundation by recommending full funding for 10 e-education fellowships for West-African women. Gil Garcetti: "I told the Board members I was there to inspire the students in their work but it turns out the students and everyone at the school inspired me!"
Roth Family Foundation
The Foundation’s mission is commitment to progressive social change. The Foundation invests in organizations that inspire hope, dignity, and creativity, primarily in the Los Angeles area. Grounded in a legacy of social justice and civil rights, the Foundation helps connect communities to the services, opportunities, and tools for self-empowerment and self-expression.
The Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations whose mission and programs empower women and girls through such programs as educational enrichment, leadership development, and tutoring, mentoring, and financial literacy.
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Are You a Woman from West-Africa and Interested in this Fellowship?
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