Kelsey Barton- Henry wrote -
This summer, I am traveling to Ghana with a small non-profit organization called Community Water Solutions. Through CWS, I will be bringing clean drinking water to rural villages around the city of Tamale in northern Ghana.
There are several reasons why I chose to work with Community Water Solutions this summer. Principally, I feel that the availability of clean water is one of the most important challenges facing our world today, and CWS has given me an opportunity to help address this issue. As an economics major and political science minor, I am interested in approaches to humanitarian problems that are economically sustainable and socially responsible. I feel that CWS has taken deliberate steps to make sure that their model meets both of these criteria.
The CWS model has several components. Instead of digging wells, which generally yield only salt water in Ghana, the CWS model uses surface water sources like ponds and rivers that are currently being used as local water sources. CWS uses two products to purify water from these sources: aluminum sulfide (alum) and chlorine. Alum is used to coagulate dirt particles in the water and chlorine disinfects the water. CWS teaches local women to use these products, so these communities can maintain clean water long after CWS leaves. In keeping with their economically sustainable model, CWS helps local women set up a for-profit business in their village. A portion of the profits support the women and their families, the remainders are used to maintain the water treatment facility long-term. Afterwards, CWS staff visit locally run facilities to make sure they are providing careful water treatment and maintaining economic viability.
In order to cover the costs of monitoring, water-purification chemicals, and in-country expenses, and to raise public awareness, CWS encourages each fellow to fund raise $3,000 prior to their trip. If you feel comfortable donating any amount of money to support this effort your help would be greatly appreciated by me, and the Ghanian people to whom I hope to bring clean water. If you make an annual tax-deductible charitable donation, please consider donating this year to CWS.
Please feel free to donate through this website, but CrowdRise does take a percentage of the funds raised to support their site. If you would prefer to donate directly to CWS, please send a chcek to
Community Water Solutions
46 Ledgetree Road
Medfield, MA 02052
With "Kelsey Barton- Henry" in the MEMO Line.
Thank you so much for your time and support!