Cayla DeRegis wrote -This winter I will be traveling to the northern region of Ghana to help implement clean water enterprises for women in these communities. In this region, one half of the population lacks access to clean water - a luxury most of us take for granted. People living in these rural communities are forced to drink from dugouts (surface water that is fecally contaminated). Because of this, 15-25% of children under the age of five are suffering from diarrheal disease which is the third leading infectious killer worldwide. During my time in Ghana, I will be trained, along with other Field Reps, to set up a clean water business for the women of these communities to take over. We will use local products to treat contaminated water from the dugouts and make it safe to drink. Then we train the women to run this as a business and sell this water at an affordable price to members of their community. 100% of the revenue from the water businesses stays in the community and is managed by the women entrepreneurs. I will be helping the women in these communities by helping them produce revenue for their families, but also the opportunity for better health for community. These new roles created for women, comes an opportunity to strengthen their roles in their communities and bring them a step closer to equality. I am raising money for my trip fee for my in-country expenses. These expenses include my project costs (project materials, water quality tests & lab materials, Field Rep training & educational materials, translator salaries, and transportation to & from your village) and long-term monitoring costs of following-up with the community after I leave Ghana. I would be so appreciative of any financial help from people who believe in this cause. Every penny helps! This website, Crowdrise, does take 5% of the money you donate, so if you want 100% of your donation to go to the project, consider writing a check to Saha Global PO Box 225342 San Francisco, CA 94122-5342 and putting my name in the memo portion of your check! I will be creating a blog to document my experience during and after the trip and I look forward to sharing it. Also, if you'd like to check out more about Saha Global and get involved, check out sahaglobal.org! Thank you so much for your time, even if you can't donate, consider sharing this page with your friends and family!