Megan Hanno via Crowdrise
April 25, 2012
BENEFITING: Saha Global
Today, 1 in 8 people around the world lack access to safe drinking water. I have been given the opportunity to become a part of the solution to this global water and health crisis as a fellow with Community Water Solutions (CWS), a non-profit organization that partners with rural communities in developing countries to establish sustainable water treatment businesses. Four million people die each year from preventable water-related diseases, and 90% of those deaths are children under five. This extraordinary organization has made great strides in fighting this global water crisis, and to date, has implemented water treatment business in thirty-five villages across the Northern Region of Ghana, providing a reliable source of safe drinking water for approximately 20,000 people.
My fellowship team and I will be responsible for implementing a CWS water business in a new village in Northern Ghana. Once implemented, this business will provide a permanent source of safe drinking water for 700-1,000 people in Ghana, where .9 of the 1.8 million residents are denied this basic human right. Currently, this village collects their drinking water from surface water sources known as dugouts. These dugouts are also shared with livestock, and thus are highly contaminated with fecal coli form. Due largely to this lack of access to safe water, 20% of children under five in northern Ghana are suffering from diarrheal disease.
The maintenance and operation of these water treatment businesses is funded by revenue from the sale of drinking water, while the capital necessary to establish them is generated from fundraising activities, and as a fellow I am responsible for raising $3,000 by May 21st! I would greatly appreciate your help in this endeavor! If you’re unable to contribute, simply send me good vibes this June and follow along on our blog to see the amazing impact this organization is making in the lives of Ghanaians.
For more information visit their website: http://www.communitywatersolutions.org/