Please help Global H2O spread the word about the world’s water issue!
Apart from helping people in general Global H2O, is working together with the UN to address the Millenium Development goals. Under goal 7 (Environmental sustainability) we are working on target 10 (halving the number of people without access to a developed water source). There are currently 800 million people without access to clean drinking water.
A bit of history:
At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015, that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world’s time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions-income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion-while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. They are also basic human rights-the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter, and security.
If you would like to learn more, please click on the following link: http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/goals/gti.htm#goal7
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On the 22nd of March, we will be participating again in the World Water Day Events recognized by the United Nations, continuing an initiative started by Craig Davis. Thanks to recent donations from corporate sponsors Tantris and St Leonhards Quelle, we intend to drill a well in Northern Uganda… Please check us out and share! http://www.unwater.org/water-cooperation-2013/events/worldwide-events/world-map-view/en/
The last two weeks in Uganda has been very busy with drilling 7 wells and rehabilitation of 5 wells in the Kitgum District. Today started off with going out with the survey team to find the best place to drill for the final well. It takes a lot of work in the hot African sun. We had to walk a lot in the brush and tested 4 sites before finding the location that will work. By early afternoon the last site was selected.
Then the afternoon was spent doing audits on 4 of the previously drilled wells. When we audit wells we check on a number of factors to make sure they are still working correctly and make sure the water is still sanitary. We also speak with the people that are on the water committee in the local community to go over with what we are doing and seeing if they are having any issues.
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We still need donations, please donate or start your own fundraising to sponsor a well at firstgiving.com/globalh2o
In the lead up to what will be our biggest undertaking at this point we wanted to share some statistics with everyone. Please feel free to share and invite friends to our facebook page to keep up with our latest projects!
- Global H2O currently has 8 boreholes in Uganda which we drilled. (1 in 2010, 4 in 2011, 3 so far in 2012)
- Global H2O has rehabilitated 5 boreholes in Uganda (all 2012)
- We will drill 6 NEW boreholes on this trip.
- Each borehole on average delivers enough water for 2,000 people. The yield may be enough for more, but the hand pumps can only deliver to a maximum of 2,500 per day.
- We have delivered enough water for 26,000 people thus far.
- We will deliver enough for an additional 12,000 people on this upcoming project
- Cost for delivering clean drinking water to a single person is about $6
In the last week, Global H2O has begun the largest investment to date in the Northern Province of Uganda, Kitgum. The charity will invest in six new projects, while auditing all previously completed work in the area.
Together with our fundraising partners, the Liao brothers, Virginia Anne Newton, Stefanus van der Merwe, The Royal Order of Saint Lazarus in Dublin, Scott Blanchard, the Wooten family and Mike Kondrath, we will bring clean drinking water to over 10,000 people. In total, Global H2O has changed the lives of more than 30,000 people, helping this group of people return to normalcy after the tragedies of the Kony/ Lord’s Resistance Army’s insurgency.
We are not only proud of this important milestone, but grateful for the support of every donor and fundraiser in this effort to provide this universal right to people in desperate need.
So far the first three boreholes have been successfully drilled. The team is looking forward to this experience and to ensuring the successful conclusion of this significant investment.
Again many thanks!
The Global H2O Team
This past weekend we had a very successful Oktoberfest Fundraiser in Raleigh NC. We were able to raise over $4,000 that will go towards the next well projects in November. We have plans on 4 wells in Uganda with a possibility of a 5th well.
If you would like to help us achieve the 5th well please donate! www.globalh2o.org/donate
For World Water Day Global H2O completed projects 7, 8, and 9 in Uganda.
The commitment to complete a school project as well as one other was fulfilled on March 22nd, 2012, as the last of the three projects went into use this morning. 560 school children will spend their first full day of school with a permanent water source on the school grounds.
Imagine your average daily commute to work. Now imagine that same commute on foot in sweltering heat, through bush, desert and over dangerous roads simply to collect water for drinking or for use in cooking, cleaning and sanitation. Then you make the same trip back with that 20 kg container filled with filthy, contaminated water that is likely a serious threat to you, your loved ones including most importantly the youngest members of your family. This is the time-wasting daily ritual for over 1 billion people on earth, that is one in eight people, who are truly suffering from lack of access to clean drinking water. Most of those suffering and dying are children.
We believe that water should be seen as a basic human right – one that will allow for better health, more time to be economically productive or to build on the basic level of education. In turn this will improve the ability for individuals and families to become economically independent in the dynamic and volatile environments of developing countries.
In 2010 the Global H2O team set out to take concrete steps to quench thirst by adopting a pro-active mindset to support communities in their search for clean water, in their search for a better life. Since then, our team has successfully completed five wells around Kitgum in Uganda, providing life-giving clean water to over 10,000 people in the area. For roughly the price of a liter of bottled water in some developed countries we offer a child access to clean water well into adulthood.
U.N. World Water Day, March 2012
On March 9th we will return to Kitgum with the objective of completing and handing over an additional three wells just in time to celebrate World Water Day on March 22nd.
Through various targeted community events, birthday or special occasion wishes, holiday charity dinners thoughtful individuals and companies have helped us raise enough funds since our last 2-well project in September 2011 to allow us now to put this current three-well-project on the map (our largest single undertaking to date). We thank the ones that have helped make this happen…you!
If you didn’t yet have the chance to support the next project yet and would like to celebrate with us World Water Day 2012 and support our ongoing drilling projects, you can set up a personal goal with your network on Facebook, naming Global H2O as your cause, and collect funds for the villages of Kitgum or naturally click on our website and donate direct.
You can also catch us on Twitter @global_H2O and be sure to stop by our Global H2O magazine on Scoop.it and daily newspaper at Paper.li to learn more about clean water initiatives and news happening world-wide. We look forward to welcoming you!
About Global H2O, the team and the solution
Global H2O is a 100% volunteer organization consisting of a group of clean-thinking, like-minded, adventure-loving, “benefit for good” folks who are dedicated to delivering clean water to needy communities. We are a certified non-profit organization in the United States, Germany, Austria, and England with new countries becoming active in the near future. Most importantly –we act on need NOW with your vital support.
Global H2O canvases for support in form of volunteer or financial commitments in order to find and develop clean water sources with locally empowered training, handover and maintenance. Through contracting with certified local organizations in developing countries we can quickly identify and significantly improve lives with minimal expense and complexity.
Our model is successful thanks to volunteers and donors that oversee the construction of new water wells, instruct in sanitation and water usage and couple this with a handover of education (maintenance, finance, up-keep and hygiene) to local villages, supported by a regular pro-active auditing process.
An estimated $10 or equivalent donation can provide clean water to one person for their lifetime. We understand that the water problem is vast, but our proposed solution is simple and effective. Visit www.globalh2o.org and become a part of the solution now.
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