This holiday season, we want to give thanks to all the daily necessities that we often take for granted. Water is at the top of the list. That's why we're donating $60,000 to charity: water's Holiday Campaign to bring clean drinking water to families in Cambodia.
Cambodia is full of water: it’s abundant in shallow ponds and marshlands, but it isn’t safe to drink. The BioSand Filter is a simple, low-cost solution that cleans water quickly by using a biological process to take out 99% of the bacteria found in dirty water.
Karma Koin's donation will help fund enough BioSand filters to bring clean drinking water to over 3,400 people.
Last year we donated $250,000 to the September Campaign and fundraised to bring clean water to people in Rulindo District, Rwanda. We just recveived an update from the field and wanted to share it with all of you who helped make the donation possible!
WORKING IN THE LAND OF A THOUSAND HILLS
Our field partner, Water For People - Rwanda, works closely with the local government, organizations and skilled workers throughout water project implementation in an effort to provide everyone in Rulindo with safe drinking water and improved sanitation. Coordinating with the local government ensures that the work fits with regional development plans. By hiring local skilled workers, these projects are helping to support the economy.
THE PROGRESS SO FAR
Rulindo's mountainous terrain poses challenges. Large scale gravity-fed systems are required to drag piping schemes into the villages. The community must then negotiate land needed to construct pumping stations. Once the pumping stations have been completed, our partners construct retaining walls to safely house the four electrical pumps inside of a pumping station. This station will move the water through a network of pipes to the villages, clinics, and schools.
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Karma Koin and charity: water are partnering with Gram Vikas for the September Campaign. Gram Vikas has spent 34 years fighting for the most neglected people in India. They’ve served more than 3 million people with water and sanitation in Orissa. Here's how they do it:
Every family receives the same high quality solution in their home.
Each family builds a bathroom near their home. Then the entire community joins together to construct a water tower in the center of the village. Once all the work is done, Gram Vikas comes in to drill a well and pipe water to every household.
Here are the issues they're trying to solve:
Women often bear the burden of collecting water. This prevents them from earning an income and sometimes keeps young girls out of school.
EXCLUSION AND DISCRIMINATION
The caste system is the world’s longest-surviving social heirarchy. A person’s caste is determined from birth and cannot be changed. The lowest members of society, known as Dalits, or “untouchables,” are often denied many basic rights including access to clean water.
LACK OF SANITATION
Nearly 65% of all open defecation in the world occurs in South Asia. The widespread lack of sanitation can lead to contaminated water, illness and disease.