BENEFITING: Saha Global
According to the World Health Organization, waterborne diseases are a leading cause of illness and death in developing countries: Today, 1 in 8 people around the world lack access to safe drinking water. That means that over 884 million people across the world lack access to an improved water supply. Furthermore, four million people die each year from preventable water-related diseases, and 90% of those deaths are children under the age of five. Approximately 2.5 million children die each year due to waterborne diseases. In Africa, approximately 700,000 people die each year from these preventable waterborne diseases. In northern Ghana, half of the 1.8 million residents lack access to improved sources of drinking water. As a result, 20% of children under the age of five are suffering from diarrheal disease. Help me and Community Water Solutions change these statistics!!!
I have recently received a fellowship position for the upcoming fall with 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 women in 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 generated from fundraising activities.
During October I will be working in Northern 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 drinking water for 700-1000 people in Ghana, where .9 of the 1.8 million residents lack access to improved sources of drinking water. All CWS water businesses that have been implemented thus far are now consistently selling water there. In fact, a woman who runs the center in Kasaligu, Ghana has used her income to pay for her two youngest children to attend primary school. These children are the first in her family to ever attend school.
Community Water Solutions is effectively combating the water crisis in Ghana, and I am very excited to be working with them. As mentioned before, the capital necessary to establish these water businesses is generated through fundraising, and as a fellow, I am responsible for conducting a portion of that. The funds I raise will go directly towards the capital necessary for the water business my teammates and I will be establishing. I would greatly appreciate your help in this endeavor-every donation makes a difference! If you prefer, you can send checks made out to Community Water Solutions, 46 Ledgetree Rd. Medfield, MA 02052, (with my name written in the “memo” portion). On behalf of Community Water Solutions, the community, and myself...WE SAY THANK YOU!!
P.S. Not only are you helping, but it is also a tax write-off.