Kelsey Dickman via Crowdrise
May 16, 2011
BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: May 27, 2011
Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental need and a basic human right essential for the health and dignity of all people; these conditions necessarily be met before the greater problems of poverty, equality, education, and disease can be alleviated. Over 1.1 billion people worldwide do not have access to an “improved water supply”, a household connection, or access to a public stand-pipe, a protected well or spring, or a source of rainwater collection that provides at least 20 liters per person per day within 1 kilometer of the home. This statistic is incredible but still underestimates the problem. Improved sources don’t necessarily guarantee clean water; they can be contaminated by source pollution, poor or non-existent water treatment, or recontamination in the distribution network or household. The greatest consequence of the lack of improved drinking water sources is the ensuing health issues. In northern Ghana, 0.9 of the 1.8 million residents lack access to improved sources of drinking water. Due largely to this lack of access to safe water, 20% of children under five in northern Ghana are suffering from diarrheal disease. It is a cause that inspires and mobilizes me to use my engineering education to do good in the world.
Community Water Solutions (CWS) is a non-profit organization that partners with rural communities in developing countries to establish sustainable water treatment businesses in Ghana, Africa. This summer I will be traveling to Ghana, as a member of a team of 4, to implement another sustainable water treatment project in Tamale, Ghana. While we are there, we will first be trained in water quality testing, and the CWS water treatment methods. We will then spend two weeks in the field implementing and monitoring a CWS water business in our partner village. Fundraising is the foundation for this project and will I will hopefully also raise awareness in my communities about the water crisis. All proceeds will support the implementation of community-owned water treatment businesses in northern Ghana, which will provide a permanent source of clean water, reducing childhood mortality and improving the health of adults and children in the communities we serve. All donations are tax-deductible!
How much did your last bottle of water cost you? Imagine how much that little bit could make a difference for someone without clean water at all. I am truly excited for the opportunity to generate a large impact in such a short period of time and your help and support would mean the world to me! Every little bit counts!
Thank you so much for your support!