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Non-Profit Fellowship in Ghana to build Sustainable Water Treatment Business

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Melinda Dignam


This summer I will be traveling to Tamale, Ghana, to help implement a sustainable water treatment business through the non-profit organization, Community Water Solutions. My interest in water began the summer of freshmen year of high school when I volunteered at the Cohasset Student Coastal Research Center, CSCR. There I studied the water entering the harbor from a stream, tested the presence of bacteria, observed changed in the plant growth around the stream, and studied the changes in the tides. The two summers following "CSCR", I worked as an intern for the Cohasset Waste Water Treatment Plant under the advisement of United Water. I learned extensively about the complicated process of treating the wastewater and the daily maintenance which went into keeping the plant running. My time there truly sparked my desire to seek out an opportunity to study water purification in an underdeveloped country where improved methods of water treatment are needed. 

In Ghana, we will build a center to treat, distribute and store clean water. This center will provide a source of purified water to 700-1,000 people in the community. Currently there are about 0.9 out of 1.8 billion people in Ghana who do not have access to improved methods of water purification!

 All the money fundraised goes toward capital equipment needed to establish the treatment centers and hospitality costs of the project. The implementation process takes about a month. Due to the lack of non-saline water available, the community in Ghana uses surface water. In order to treat this water, we will use two afforable chemicals, aluminum sulfide and chlorine. We will teach the woman in the community how to purify the water so they can set up a business to sell the water to the town and use the revenue from the water sales to keep the business going. When the project is done and we leave, the water treatment center continues to be run be the women, enabling a sustainable source of safe drinking water for the town!

Every donation makes a difference! I would really appreciate your help in getting me to Ghana!

Thank you!



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Sandcastles Childcare & Learning Ctr.

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We are all so proud of you, Melinda! What an amazing opportunity : ) 6 years ago