BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: Oct 20, 2014
In November I will be traveling to a rural village in Ghana to help create a desperately needed clean water business.
Worldwide, 780 million people lack access to clean drinking water. In the Northern Region of Ghana, the problem is especially acute; one half of the people living there do not have access to safe drinking water! The region's groundwater is much too saline to drink, and the only option for many rural communities is to drink water from contaminated surface water sources called dugouts. This problem causes disease, suffering, and death, especially among young children.
Saha Global and the clean water program I will be working on provide an innovative yet simple solution to this crisis. I will be working alongside three other volunteers to develop a water business in a community that has asked for help in addressing their need for clean water. We will train two local women on how to use inexpensive products they can purchase from nearby markets to purify the contaminated surface water the community currently drinks. We will distribute safe storage containers to every family in the village. The women will then sell the clean water back to the community for a small fee, and use the profits to sustain their business. After I leave, Saha Global will monitor the business for five years, ensuring a lasting impact. 100% of the 71 businesses Saha Global has helped to create are still in business, serving over 38,000 people who would otherwise still be at risk for waterborne disease!
I need help raising $3,000 by October 20th to support this mission. All of the money I raise from your support will go towards the development of the business I help to create. Your donation will go towards things like in-country travel, lodging & food, project costs (project materials, water quality tests & lab materials, Field Rep training & educational materials, translator salaries, and transportation to & from the village), as well as the long-term monitoring costs of following-up with the community after I leave Ghana. Thank you so much for your help!