BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: Dec 17, 2012
I have the amazing opportunity to go to Ghana this J-term and work for a small non-profit Community Water Solutions (CWS) in providing clean drinking water to villages all over Ghana, but I need a little help in getting there.
A little background: For the majority of people in Ghana, their water source is from surface water which when remaining still for a large period of time becomes a breeding ground for disease-- which in turn causes preventable deaths--- largely of children. Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to water-related disease. The really tricky thing about Ghana, however, is that they don't have access to any real type of drinkable groundwater--since most of it is saline--making it impossible to effectively drill wells. What CWS does is set up water purification treatment centers in rural villages and train local women how to run the centers using locally available materials so they can then sustain the treatment facility on their own.
CWS fundraises the capital to start up these treatment centers, train the women, and educate community members--and my share of this fundraising responsibility for this winter is $3000. All funds go directly towards the materials for the setup of the center that I will be responsible for.
So far CWS has set up over 38 treatment centers providing clean water to over 22,000 people. CWS returns to the villages to monitor the centers, but after the initial set-up, the centers are entirely run by the local women, who make a small profit which is then used to sustain their families and sometimes send their children to school--a first for most of them.
$3000 sounds like a lot to fundraise, but really and truly every little bit helps, even in just getting more informed!
This website takes a small fee from your donations so if you'd prefer to donate directly to CWS you can send a check (no matter what amount) to:
Community Water Solutions, 46 Ledgetree Rd, Medfield, MA 02052 with my name (Alexa Manley) in the "memo" portion.
Call, email, or come stop by to talk to me about what I'm doing--I'd love to tell you more.
You can learn more about the organization here: http://www.communitywatersolutions.org