Caterpillar Foundation

Ushering in the Future of the Girl

Through the Caterpillar Foundation’s work with its partners, it has become increasingly clear that when we invest in girls, we create real and lasting change — not only for girls themselves but also the communities around them.

We know girls and women around the world play an essential role in community and economic development and that role is key to alleviating poverty. Yet, according to United National Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are an estimated 130 million girls out of school worldwide. Investments in women and girls have proven to yield the best results in putting communities on a path to prosperity. Educating girls can break the cycle of poverty in just one generation.

According to UN Women, an educated girl is more likely to:

Marry later
in life

Have fewer
children

Engage in
civic leadership

Educate her
own children

10–20%

Wage increase for each extra year a girl
attends school
 

3%

Average GDP increase for each 10 percent increase in girls attending school
 

90%

Of an educated woman’s income is reinvested in her family vs. 35 percent of a man’s

In October 2017, on the International Day of the Girl, the Caterpillar Foundation launched the Future of the Girl campaign in partnership with Glamour and The Girl Project. The campaign focused on providing girls everywhere with the support they need to achieve their dreams and change the world for the better. A critical piece of the campaign elevated girls’ voices as they shared what they want, hope and expect of their futures. We encouraged girls to pose questions via social media to strong, inspiring women, showing the world what it means to #AskLikeAGirl.

Learn more here: http://www.togetherstronger.com/future-of-the-girl/.

The Value of Water

We can’t help girls reach their full potential or end poverty without focusing on water – a basic human need, yet more than 844 million people – or 1 in 9 – live without access to clean water. In many developing countries, clean water is only available by traveling to a source on foot. This job mostly falls to women and girls, who spend an estimated 200 million hours daily collecting water—preventing them from attending school or earning an income.

To raise awareness of the value of water and the impact of the global water crisis on community health, education and economics, the Caterpillar Foundation, together with its global partners, launched the Value of Water campaign in March 2018. Throughout the year, the Value of Water campaign will highlight water as a critical human need and a central resource to both human and societal infrastructure. The campaign will also highlight the work of the Foundation’s partners and encourage people all around the world to get involved in this issue by sharing through social media what they will do for water.

The Caterpillar Foundation is proud to work alongside many partners addressing the various aspects of the global water crisis. One recent investment with the American Red Cross – a longstanding partner of the Foundation in the disaster relief space – is helping communities prepare, respond to and recover from disasters, which includes critical needs such as providing access to safe water and sanitation. According to United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF), significant improvements in sanitation access and hygiene practices are critical to achieving goals related to child mortality, primary education and poverty alleviation. And when disasters strike, water and sanitation are very valuable to those affected communities. The American Red Cross assists communities in the construction of wells, latrines and reservoirs. They also provide training to community members on how to best maintain these structures by creating volunteer water committees. Once a disaster strikes, the organization helps individuals rebuild their lives by providing hygiene kits, water containers and water purification tablets. As communities shift their focus to the rebuilding and recovery efforts, the American Red Cross works to build sanitation and water systems helping to reduce the risk of water-borne and water-related diseases.

To learn more about the Value of Water, visit: https://www.togetherstronger.com/year-of-water/.