BENEFITING: COMMUNITY WATER SOLUTIONS
ORGANIZER: Groupon Earth Day Challenge
EVENT: Groupon Earth Day Challenge
EVENT DATE: Apr 16, 2012
Groupon Earth Day Challenge wrote -
Community Water Solutions (CWS) is a non-profit organization that works to bring clean drinking water to rural villages in West Africa by establishing sustainable water treatment businesses.
As a social enterprise, the CWS-implemented businesses are owned and operated by the communities that they serve, and use simple, affordable technologies to enable the treatment, distribution and storage of clean, safe drinking water. The maintenance and operation of these water treatment businesses is funded by revenue from the sale of drinking water, while the capital necessary to establish them is generated from CWS’ fellowship program and CWS fundraising activities.
The CWS Fellowship Program is a three-week water education and leadership training experience in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the program is to teach individuals about the global water crisis, and inspire them to become leaders in the field of international development.
Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. On the ground, teams are first trained in water quality testing, and the CWS water treatment methods. They then spend two and half weeks in the field implementing and monitoring a CWS water business in their village. By the end of the 3 week program, each team will have provided a permanent source of safe drinking water for an entire community (approx. 500-1,000 people)!
We offer fellowships in the Winter, Summer, & Spring!