Developing countries face multiple challenges: difficulty accessing clean water and electricity, transportation needs, governmental and environmental issues, little access to health care, gender inequalities, and lack of education. All of these issues are interconnected, but two of them are especially vital to achieving the others: universal education and the empowerment of women. From a number of angles, educating children helps reduce poverty. It is education that will provide the next generation with the tools to fight poverty and conquer disease. School also offers children a safe environment, filled with support, supervision and socialization. Here, they learn life skills that can help them prevent diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria. At school they may receive life-saving vaccines, fresh water, and nutrient supplementation.