BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: May 28, 2014
Some people get sick because they don't have clean drinking water. This sucks and compared to many other reasons people get sick, is easy to fix. If you have the means and compassion to do so, you can be part of the solution. Please make a donation of any size.
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Over my last winter break I went to Ghana on a fellowship with Community Water Solutions. During my time there I worked with other fellows and CWS staff to establish a clean water treatment in the village of Bogu. Before CWS teamed up with Bogu they had no reliable source of clean drinking water, and thanks to donors like you, they now do.
On May 28th I'll be leaving Ohio to go to Ghana again. I'll be participating in the Community Water Solutions Salaga Fellowship. If you don't mind giving me your attention, I'll explain what all that means
Community Water Solutions is a non-profit organization that specializes in implementing low-tech, sustainable solutions for communities in rural Ghana with water problems. The problem with the water in the villages CWS works in is that it is contaminated with microorganisms that make communities chronically sick.
This is mainly a problem in the dry season when harvesting clean rain water is not an option. The primary water source in the dry season is from dugouts. It's gross. Animals drink from the same source and do other animal things in it. You wouldn't want to drink that water. You wouldn’t want your friends, kids, or siblings to drink that water. But if it was drink it or die, you'd drink it. And you'd get sick, like many families of rural Ghanaian communities do.
The solution designed by CWS and enabled by donors like you is tried and true. The money raised by myself and other fellows goes towards on the ground costs of establishing sustainable clean water for one community. Fellows meet with community leaders to see what their needs are. Once that is done, materials are transported, elbow grease is applied, the water treatment system is built.
What differentiates CWS from many other water non-profits is that it doesn't use imported materials or drill expensive, malfunction-prone wells. Instead, local materials are used to buld and maintain the equipment and the CWS fellows train women in the community on how to treat the water they already get from the dugout and sell it. The money they bring in, they manage and use to buy materials for treating the water. Whatever is left over they keep for themselves. Fellows also spend a lot of time educating the community on the importance of clean drinking water.
All of the water businesses started by CWS fellows are still in operation today. CWS monitors villages for 5 years and provides consulting services if the community needs it.
The Salaga Fellowship that I will be participating in is a newer program than the original CWS fellowship that was (and still is) based in Tamale. Salaga is in a more rural area, meaning fellows based there can reach communities that fellows in Tamale cannot. However, we will still do training in Tamale and get to visit the village I worked in last time!