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Gala Event Supports Water for Empowerment

Indianapolis-based Water for Empowerment will offer A Night in Nicaragua Benefiting Young Women Plumbers at 6 p.m. on November 10 at 6 p.m. at their downtown headquarters to celebrate a new vocational training program for women plumbers in Nicaragua. Attendees will enjoy live music, an art exhibit by Nicaraguan artist Carlos Barberena and Latin food.

Water for Empowerment is an organization that promotes the enhancement and growth of girls and young women to build healthy futures through clean water initiatives and education. As it is often the female’s responsibility to make sure her family has clean drinking water, it offers valuable tools that may be used to not only ensure clean drinking water is acquired, but the young women that are responsible are given the means necessary to create positive change in their communities.

In 2013, the organization was officially recognized as a charitable organization that joined the world community in working to secure and maintain clean water for communities that are exposed to water-borne pathogens. Part of the approach is offering plumbing education to women that may then take their education and use it to promote clean water, business startups, and education in their communities. In 2015, it partnered with WaterAid America to help further its support for female plumbers.

A current project, known as The WaterAid Nicaragua, focuses on promoting the participation of girls and women in microfinance projects intended to generate household income and meet communities’ clean water needs, and is taking shape in an area known as the Mosquito Coast in northern Nicaragua.

The project addresses several key areas for microfinance business ventures, including improving the condition of existing wells, education and encouragement of hygiene and promoting the use of household water filters.

Cost: $20-$100, sponsorship-level tickets are also available. Location: Water for Empowerment, 825 North Capitol Ave. For more information, call 317-626-0742 or visit Water4Empowerment.org.

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