Olivia Zarella wrote -
Hi everyone! My name is Olivia Zarella and I recently graduated from Emory University with an Anthropology and Human Biology Bachelor in Science. Currently, I am in the midst of a gap year before entering public health school and spending such time working in a neurologic diseases and neuropharmacology lab at Emory University.
Did you know 40% of the 24 million people in Ghana lack access to clean drinking water? In fact, people are currently drinking fecally contaminated water which leads to multiple health conditions within the Ghana communities. But to date, a non-profit called Saha Global and its field representatives have provided 93 water businesses to rural communities in Ghana. 100% of the 93 water businesses created by Saha Global in the past are still operational and completely run by local entrepreneurs in the community.
I've recently accepted a fellowship with Saha Global, meaning that this upcoming winter break (December 28th-January 18th), I'm partnering with women in rural communities of Northern Ghana to build sustainable water businesses. During my time in Northern Ghana I will be training women in communities to treat water from local sources and to then sell the clean water for a small amount to support their family and community. Through this program, Saha Global has empowered women in communities to solve their villages need for clean water.
How will your donation help?
The funds you donate will pay for the cost of treatment equipment: large drums that will hold the water during various stages of the process, taps, chlorine tablets, etc. You will also be providing each household with a safe storage container that they will use to store the water they purchase, preventing recontamination. Yours truly will be doing the dirty work, but I just need your help to get the water rolling! Once established, the business will provide a permanent source of safe drinking water for 700-1000 people.
If you would rather donate in cash or through venmo, or to by mail to Saha Global, I have included information below. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions. Thank you all so much!
Saha Global's Address:
PO Box 225342
San Francisco, CA 94122-5342
Memo: Olivia Zarella