BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: May 29, 2014
My name is Phoebe Edalatpour and I am an undergraduate at Georgia Tech studying Bio-medical Engineering. This coming summer I will be participating in Community Water Solutions' fellowship program. The organization works to bring clean drinking water to and develop infrastructure in villages in rural Ghana. As a fellow, I will be traveling to Ghana for three weeks in late May to complete a student-driven project.
To complete the project, I will work with a group of three other students to develop a sustainable water purification system in a village we are assigned to. The northern region of Ghana is Sub-Saharan and does not have potable sources of ground water. As a result, fresh water is scarce but wells cannot be drilled to deliver water.
Instead of searching for ground water, our team will taking existing sources of standing water (lakes, ponds, etc.) and develop a system and facilities to purify them. We will team the women in the village to use this system so that after we leave, the solution will still be viable. We will then help the women sell the water at an affordable price. CWS will not see any of this money, it is all handled by members of the community and funneled back into funds for community development.
I am so incredibly passionate about this kind of work. I have already traveled to Cameroon this past December with Engineers without Borders to develop a water distribution system in a village there. On that trip, we were able to drill a well and teach the children in the village about the importance of water conservation and sanitation.
As a Bio-medical Engineer and a pre-med student, this work ties in well to my studies. Access to clean water promotes better health. Additionally, water borne diseases are prevalent in this part of the world. Providing sources of safe, clean water will cut back on this considerably. I am so honored and excited to have this opportunity to help provide an essential need and the health benefits that go along with it to another community.
To accomplish this task, I need to raise funds to pay for materials and travel expenses. Each CWS fellow is responsible for fundraising $3,000. This will help us purchase materials for the water purification system as well as pay for food, housing, and in country travel. I really appreciate any help in reaching this fundraising goal. It would mean so much to me to recieve help in carrying out such a meaningful project.
If you are interested in helping me accomplish this but would rather send a check, please write "Phoebe Edalatpour" in the memo line and sent it to:
Community Water Solutions
46 Ledgetree Rd.
Medfield, MA 02052
Thank you so much for your help! Every dollar makes a difference and brings me and CWS closer to doing something amazing!