BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: Dec 27, 2012
I have recently received a fellowship position for the upcoming winter wiht a non-profit corporation, Community Water Solutions (CWS), a group that partners with rural communities in developing countries to establish sustainable water treatment businesses. These businesses are owned and operated by the communities that they serve, and use simple, affordable technologies to enable the treatment, distribution and storage of clean, safe drinking water. 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 donated by CWS.
During December and January, I will be working in Norhtern Ghana with three other fellows, where we will be responsible for implementing a CWS water business in a new village. Once implemented, this business will provide a permanent source of safe dirnking water for 700-1000 people in Ghana, where 0.9 of the 1.8 million residents lack access to improve sources of drinking water. All CWS water businesses that have been impleemnted thus far are now consistently selling water and earning enough money to not only sustain the businesses, but also to provide a small income to the men and women who work there.