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CWS Fellowship - Flight & Other Expenses

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According to the World Health Organization, waterborne diseases are a leading cause of illness and death in developing countries. In Africa alone, approximately 700,000 people die each year and many more are sickened from these preventable waterborne diseases.

Community Water Solutions (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization that partners with rural communities in developing countries to establish sustainable water treatment businesses that are women-owned and operated in the communities they serve. CWS uses simple, affordable technologies to enable the treatment, distribution, and storage of clean, safe drinking water. The maintenance and operation of the businesses is funded by revenue from the sale of the treated water, while the capital and training necessary to establish them is generated by fundraising from the CWS fellowship program.

I am thrilled to have been selected as a CWS fellow and in January 2013, I will be working with three other fellows in Northern Ghana where we will be responsible for implementing a CWS sustainable water treatment business in a new village. Once implemented, this business will provide a permanent source of safe drinking water for 700-1000 people in Ghana and a small income to the women who own and operate the business.

In addition to raising funds to establish the water treatment business, I have the option of raising additional funds to cover my flight to Ghana, travel vaccinations, the Visa fee and other expenses, including gifts for the children in the village where I will be working.

I would be very grateful if you could help me reach my goal, so that I can get to Ghana and help establish a water treatment business that will make a significant difference in the lives of the people in the community where I will be working. Your support makes this possible. Thank you!

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