Signe Lindquist wrote -
A couple weeks ago, my Ecocriticism professor forwarded me an email from Saha Global; an up-and-coming 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
I had never heard the name before, but something seemed familiar in their search for students who were "passionate about international social justice, environmental sustainability and public health". Students from all over the United States serve as Field Representatives for Saha's programs to implement clean water and solar energy businesses in rural Ghana. My interest had been piqued. Emails started flying as I set out to learn as much as possible about Saha. A week and a half later, I had applied to the program and was accepted as a Field Representative for this Winter's Clean Water program!
In two short months, I will be on a plane to Ghana. I will work with community members and a small group of Saha Representatives to implement a sustainable clean water business run by women of a village in Northern Ghana. This project will use simple, affordable technologies, provide a small income for the the women who run it, and act as a permanent water source for the entire village. What I like best about this process is that I will be investing in a business- this goes beyond an act of charity. We will establish an environment of mutual respect and collaboration. A village will gain a clean water source, women will become business owners, and I will grow in terms of cultural understanding and in my knowledge of international development. All businesses implemented by Saha Global to date are currently in operation. I have faith in this process, and am incredibly excited to be a part of this experience.
The maintenance and operation of these businesses is funded by revenue from the business sales, while the capital necessary to establish them is generated from fundraising activities. As a Field Representative, I am responsible for fundraising a portion of this cost. My goal is to raise $2,950 by December 7. One hundred percent of the money I raise will go towards the start up costs of my clean water business. I would greatly appreciate your help in this endeavor- every donation makes a difference! This crowdrise site accepts credit card donations, or if you prefer, you can send checks made out to Saha Global (with my name in the "memo" portion).
Thank you so much for your attention to this critical issue, and any donation you can make. If you have any questions about the project feel free to email me at email@example.com.
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