Clean Water Initiatives
ABOUT THIS CAUSE
1 in 10, or close to 750 million people, have no access to clean water. At present, 2.4 billion people have inadequate access to sanitation... with nearly a billion people practicing open defecation. Diarrhea is the leading cause of death for children under 5 worldwide.
This is a travesty. But we are on a mission to change that. Access to clean water can improve health, boost local economies, empower women, and give kids more time in school.
More people die from lack of clean drinking water than from all forms of violence combined... including war!
For our Clean Water Initiatives, we have decided to support the projects of Water Charity.
Water Charity was created in late 2007 by Jah*Sun and Averill Strasser while travelling in Central America. By 2008, Water Charity had become a 501 (c)(3) based in California. While their first project was done to benefit the "workers" at the Guatemala City Dump, Water Charity started with a truly international focus, working in dozens of countries right away, and quickly expanding to 76 countries. With programs in formerly off limits countries like South Sudan, Liberia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, they are constantly expanding, and taking the fight to where people really need it. Their projects have gotten bigger, but Water Charity remains the results-oriented, expeditious organization they always have been, with projects going from inception to completion in a month or two on average.
All their projects are funded, and in many cases, completed, before they ever ask for donations on them. So donors are actually replacing funds they have already spent out-of-pocket.
What we are doing is choosing small Water Charity projects in terms of cost but with a huge impact in terms of number of people to benefit.
La Trinidad National High School Water Tank Project
This project is to build a second water tank for the school, to be used to supply the teaching kitchen, where the water will be used for drinking and cooking, and the bathrooms, where the water will be used for hygiene and sanitation.
Pagal Elementary School Water Tank Project
This project is to provide a water tank for Pagal Elementary School and Day Care Center. A 10-drum plastic water tank will be purchased, installed, and connected to the water source, a spring in the mountain, through a water hose. The water can be used without treatment for domestic purposes, such as cooking and cleaning.
Casa Miani Well Project
This project is to dig a well across the street from the main facility. The well will have an electric pump, and a backup manual pump to serve during brownouts. The new well will allow the center to irrigate the land and actively harvest fruits and vegetables for the children, staff, and community.
Santa Teresa Elementary School Sanitation Project
This project is to construct 2 restrooms at the school. Each 2-unit restroom, with floor area 1.5 x 1.80 meters, will be attached at the back of a classroom. It will have a single septic tank that will be constructed of concrete hollow blocks.
Proshyan School Water Project
This project will install 4 plastic 1,000-liter water tanks in each of the 4 bathrooms at Proshyan School, located in opposite wings of the building—1 for boys and 1 for girls, side by side.