Taylor Kirby via Crowdrise
May 31, 2013
I am incredibly excited to announce that I have been accepted to the Community Water Solutions fellowship for this summer!
Community Water Solutions is a not-for-profit organization based in Ghana that empowers women to launch sustainable water treatment businesses for their communities. 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 and training necessary to establish them is generated from CWS fellowship program.
I have the opportunity to be one of the CWS fellows! Along with three other team members, I will be partnering with a rural community to help implement a water treatment center for the community's use. We will go through training, meet with the chief of the community, get to know the women that will own the business, and help them set up the system. Then, we will return to the village daily to test water, visit households, and record water sales. By the time we leave the women entrepreneurs that own the business will have full ownership and management of the water treatment for their community. CWS checks back with each community on a monthly basis to make sure that everything is running smoothly. Since CWS's establishment in 2008, 49 water treatment businesses have been set up, all of which are still in operation today. This means that over 28,000 people have access to clean water thanks to the help of Community Water Solutions!
This is where YOU come in. I need to raise 3000 dollars for my three and a half week fellowship. A portion of the money that I will raise will cover my in-country expenses like lodging, food, and transportation. The rest, however, goes towards funding the water treatment business. (I'd love to be able to raise a little more than $3000, to help cover the cost of my flight as well.)
I fell in love with Ghana last semester, and I feel blessed that I have the opportunity to go back so soon. I hope that through this fellowship I will be able to give back to a place that has given me so much. I would love if you would be willing to partner alongside me to help bring clean water to a community in Ghana.
Feel free to ask me more questions about the specifics of CWS's water treatment model or about my fellowship. Email me at email@example.com.
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