BENEFITING: Saha Global
As an African woman aspiring to earn a Master's of Public Health degree in Maternal & Child Health and in Global Health, I want nothing more than to offer everything I can to an African community where certain public health needs are needed to be met. Thankfully, I discovered Saha Global, a Non-Governmental Organization designed to empower women in Ghana to deliver safe, clean drinking water to their respective rural communities while simultaneously earning a profit to support themselves and their families. I joined this organization with a desire to help empower these women because I have personally seen how often African women make up the back burner when it comes to their communities. I believe that all women, despite cultural beliefs and social norms, deserve to be given the power and tools they need to improve their overall wellbeing and that of their children and families. If we can teach a woman to be self-sufficient in delivering clean water to their communities, then she can in turn help her community to be self-sufficient as well. With my flight ticket already purchased, the total amount I hope to fundraise by the deadline, May 25th, 2016, will go towards everything the Ghanaian women will need to clean their local water supplies and store clean water in their homes. Specifically, the raised funds will pay for the cost of water treatment equipment, large drums that will hold the water during various stages of the process, taps, alum, chlorine products, and safe storage containers for several families living in the villages. My role as a Saha Field Representative will be to train community-appointed women to use alum and chlorine to treat the water they collect. Everything Saha Global believes in, stands for, and delivers to the poor communities of Ghana enthuses me to get involved and do my part as an African woman who has the means, availability, and capability to do so. But as a young graduate student, I can only do so with your help. Thank you for reading.