Lauren Vorisek via Crowdrise
October 07, 2012
BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: Dec 10, 2012
Hi! Thanks for visiting! I have been accepted as a Winter 2013 Fellow with an amazing organization called Community Water Solutions, or CWS for short. CWS works to bring safe and clean drinking water to villages in Ghana. As part of my fellowship, I will be traveling to Ghana for 3 weeks in January to work in a rural village in need of water safety and sanitation systems. Before I go to Ghana, it is my responsibility as a Fellow to raise funds which will go directly towards the supplies needed to build and implement the sustainable water treatment systems in a village. By raising funds, we can secure the money for all the supplies we need, but also spread awareness about CWS and the global water crisis. You can watch the video clip that I have posted on this page to get a succinct look at the organization and the fellowship program.
I really do believe that this is a great cause being that safe water is a very big problem in many parts of the world today. In fact, 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies. Additionally, every 19 seconds a mother loses one of her children to a water related illness. The CWS program works directly with people who need our help the most, and you can be assured that any money that you donate will be used directly to help build the system and teach the villagers how to maintain it.
As a current graduate student studying global public health at George Washington University, I am anticipating being able to work in the field and directly impact a problem that I have heard about many times in class. Waterborne illnesses are a major public health problem, and 1.8 million people die each year from preventable waterbourne disease, with 90% being children under the age of 5. Organizations like CWS are working to directly combat this problem, and have already had a lot of success with systems they have implemented in the past. With your help, we can continue to bring clean water to more villages in need!
My goal is to raise $3,000 for this project. Every little bit helps and I am so thankful to everyone who is helping out!