I have recently received a fellowship position for the upcoming winter with a non-profit corporation called Community Water Solutions (CWS). This organization partners with rural communities in developing countries to establish sustainable water treatment businesses. These businesses are owned and operated by women in 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 are funded by revenue from the sale of drinking water, while the capital necessary to establish them is generated from fundraising activities.
During December and January, I will be working in Northern Ghana with three other fellows, where we will be responsible for implementing CWS water business in a new village. Once implemented, this business will provide a permanent source of safe drinking water for 700-1000 people in Ghana where 90% of the 1.8 million residents lack access to improved sources of drinking water. All CWS water businesses that have been implemented thus far are now consistently selling water and earning enough money to not only sustain the businesses, but also to provide a small income to the men and women who work there. In fact, a woman who runs the center in Kasaligu, Ghana has used her income to pay for her two youngest children to attend primary school. These children are the first in her family to ever attend school.
Community Water solutions is effectively combating the water crisis in Ghana, and I am very excited to be working with them. As mentioned before, the capital necessary to establish these water businesses is generated through fundraising, and as a fellow, I am responsible for conducting a portion of that. The funds I raise will go directly towards the capital necessary for the water business my teammates and I will be establishing. I would greatly appreciate your help in this endeavor. Every donation makes a difference, no matter the amount! You can send checks made out to Community Water Solutions (with my name written in the “memo” portion). Or if you would like to donate by credit card, you can do so through my fundraising website: http://www.crowdrise.com/jazmingoestoghana/fundraiser/jazminarcher
If you have any questions about the project feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Water Solutions
46 Ledgetree Rd.
Medfield, MA 02052