BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: Dec 28, 2015
Many of you know I am a civil engineering student at Bradley University. What you may not know however, is that I have been offered an amazing, life-changing opportunity. I have recently been offered a position of becoming a field representative for the nonprofit organization, Saha Global. I will be traveling to the small village of Salaga located in the northern region of Ghana, Africa for three weeks starting on December 28th until Janurary 18th. What does it mean to be a field representative however? It means I will be working with both the leaders of the community and the women of the community to build a water purification system. I will then turn it into a small run business where I will show the women in the community how to run and maintain the system. Lastly, I will help each individual family in the community by providing them with a safe storage container.
Unlike the United State unfortunately, access to clean drinking water is much more difficult in this area. 40% of the population of Ghana, Africa lacks access to clean drinking water. Instead, they must ingest contaminated lake and river water which they share with both the surrounding environment as well as their livestock. Because of this, it is vital to the lives of these people that help be given to them. It is the goal of Saha Global as well as mine to provide them with not only that help but instead, with a lasting effort which will improve their standard of living because each child, mother, father, grandparent, and friend not only needs but deserves to have their basic necessities met so that they can dream as big as I have had the luxury to.
"Saha" means opportunity in Dagboni which is the local language spoken in the Northern Region of Ghana. Please help me bring this opportunity to both myself but more importantly, to the people of Salaga so that they may dream bigger than just the day they won't have to worry about getting sick from the water they drink. The $2950 asked of me is not for a plane ticket or a fancy meal every night, it is for the locally-found equipment (large drums, taps, chlorine, and storage containers) needed in order to make this effort a success.
This trip is the perfect representation of the career I hope to have later in life. I have the ability to improve someone's life and give to them what I take for granted. I couldn't ask for a more rewarding way to spend my time.