BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: Dec 13, 2013
My name is Bryan Rieckmann and I am a third year Civil Engineering major at the University of Virginia. I was accepted to Community Water Solutions' Winter Fellowship program, where I and three other fellows will be traveling to Tamale, Ghana to implement a sustainable water treatment system in a local village. Community Water Solutions (CWS), a nonprofit organization, is working in Ghana to combat the current water crisis. Half of Ghana’s population does not have access to an improved drinking water source. A five minute shower in America uses more water than most people in Ghana use in a single day. With CWS, we will be implementing a sustainable drinking water treatment business that will provide a permanent safe drinking water source for 700-1000 people.
The business uses simple, low cost technologies to treat and store the water for village residents. The capital cost is paid for by the fellows through donations to help provide clean water for up to 1000 people in Tamale. Once the water treatment business is operational, the team will train locals (usually women) in water treatment, distribution, and storage. CWS does not receive any of the profits generated by the water businesses we set up, but rather it goes to the local women, who run the business, as income. Some women have been able to send their children to school for the first time with the money they have made providing clean water to the rest of their community. Because CWS doesn’t drill wells or use pumps; locals are able to manage their own clean, sustainable drinking water supply long after the team departs without fear of equipment failure. Every one of the 55 water treatment businesses set up by CWS are still in operation and are providing a clean, safe, sustainable drinking water source for over 31,800 people in Ghana.
Community Water Solutions is effectively improving the quality of Ghanaians’ lives by providing them clean drinking water. I am very excited to get the opportunity to work with them this winter. I need your help to raise the money necessary to implement a water treatment business that will provide clean water for up 1000 Ghanaians. Every donation makes a difference.
If you have any further questions about what I will be doing in Ghana this winter feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can donate by writing a check to Community Water Solutions with my name, Bryan Rieckmann, in the memo or by donating online.