BENEFITING: Saha Global
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For three weeks in June I will be in Ghana serving as a fellow with Community Water Solutions (CWS). CWS is a nonprofit that helps to bring safe, clean water to people in northern Ghana by partnering with rural communities and setting up sustainable water treatment businesses. These businesses are then owned and operated by women from that community and utilize simple, affordable, community-scale technology. According to the World Health Organization, waterborne diseases are a leading cause of illness and death in developing countries, and approximately 700,000 people in Africa die each year from these preventable waterborne diseases.
What I Will Do-
As a fellow, a team of four others and I will be responsible for the entire process of creating a water business, from pitching the partnership and seeking approval from the village chief and elders to building the water treatment facility, distributing clean water storage containers to each household in the community, and training the women to treat the water and maintain the business. CWS’s water treatment process involves collecting water from near-by contaminated surface water ponds, treating it with a coagulant that clears the muddy-brown water of its dirt particles and then disinfecting it. By the end of my trip, the new water treatment business will reach its opening day, when the whole village comes out to try the water and celebrate. However, what is really incredible about CWS is that the end of my time as a fellow does not signify the end of CWS’s involvement with the community. Full time CWS staff continues to visit the business in order to monitor the water’s quality and provide support for the women for five years!
I am so honored to be a Summer 2014 CWS Fellow and to have the opportunity to help improve the health and livelihoods of the Ghanaian people that I will soon meet. I am also incredibly excited to have the chance to gain such hands-on, experience implementing an impactful development project.
Here is Where You Come In-
Part of my responsibility as a fellow is to raise $3000. Your contribution to my fellowship fee will go directly to the capital costs of starting the clean water business plus the expense of CWS’s monitoring services for five years. CWS is not trying to bring clean water to villages just for now, they are trying to implement a sustainable, long term public health solution for these rural areas of Ghana. The emphasis that they put towards sustainable solutions that also empower the communities and women business owners is truly commendable, and I can’t wait to be a part of the work that they do!
So please help me reach my fundraising goal by making a contribution today! Community Water Solutions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, therefore all donations are tax deductible. Every possible contribution, no matter the amount, truly makes a difference and will be incredibly appreciated. You can also send a check with my name (Brandee Cooklin) in the memo to:
Community Water Solutions
46 Ledgetree Rd.
Medfield, MA 02052
Help me help those in need of clean water!
Also this CWS Fellowship is just one component of a larger, 3-4 month volunteer trip to Ghana that I am planning for myself. If you are curious about the rest of my trip, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my Facebook page.