THREE COMPANIES COLLABORATE, DONATES WATER PURIFIERS

THREE COMPANIES COLLABORATE, DONATES WATER PURIFIERS

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This article was recently posted by the Botswana Government Facebook page. This is the reality of our hope and vision speaking for itself. Business Connect mentioned in this article is our sister organization that implements projects like this on our behalf.
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THREE COMPANIES COLLABORATE, DONATES WATER PURIFIERS
By Boago Osupile

MABELE – Three private companies have collaborated to donate 20 water purifiers, an electric shower and water disinfection tablets to Mabele Primary School.

Filtra group, Team Sy and Business Connect collectively made the donations worth over P25 000 on Friday. The water purification items donated included 20 Kohler Clarity water purifiers.

The purifier tanks, which are designed to meet World Health Organization water quality standards and fill up to 40 litres per day are expected to serve 192 pupils of Mabele Primary School.

In an interview, Filtra group managing director, Mr Thulaganyo Kebaabetswe said they were glad to be part of such a great initiative.

He said they were approached by Ms Mitchelle Bernadi-Berndt of Team Sy who explained to them the need for clean and safe water that she and six others, who by then were tourists discovered while visiting Chobe.

Mr Kebaabetswe said he hoped the donation would bring an end to diseases such as diarrhea, brought about drinking unsafe water.

The development, he said, would enable pupils of Mabele Primary School to learn without hindrances.

Mr Synack Nawa-nawa of Team Sy said he was happy to see their goal realized.

He explained that they noticed the need for safe water supply in Mabele when he was showing tourists around Mabele village and they made a visit to Mabele Primary School, where they discovered that the reception class pupils were drinking water from an open bucket.

Chobe District Council chairperson, Mr Paul Chabaesele, expressed gratitude to Filtra group for their donation, saying that the importance of donors’ contribution and participation in children’s education could not be over emphasized.

He further noted that they were bringing donations that would add value to the school performance.

For his part, the school head, Mr Oteng Makole said he was happy to receive such donations, saying that with the recent diarrhea outbreak in the country, the water purifiers could not have come at a more suitable time.

Mr Makole remarked that such donations also served as motivation to pupils to put in extra effort in their studies. One of the learners, Amity Muletwa said she was not only happy, but also felt blessed to be receiving such a donation. BOPA

A Plan That Came Together

A Plan That Came Together

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A Plan That Came Together

The goal of Connect for Water’s partner Business Connect is to bring clean water solutions to  people across the globe through sustainable business plans. We also celebrate success stories for when the plan works.

Mr. Walsh from the US contacted Darin, our Area Director of Sales for Africa, wanting to get help for Pastor Victor. Pastor Victor was struggling with water issues after the recent flooding at his orphanage in the rural community of Migoriwith in Kenya. They house 58 children (plus caregivers).

Because of our growing network worldwide, Darin made a simple call to Peris Abner – a new BC rep in the rural Kenya town of Kisii and the closest local distributor at only 60km away; with the needed inventory for the orphanage.

She was able to get the filters to Pastor Victor quickly and efficiently.

Mr. Walsh simply made a tax-deductible donation to our sister non-profit – Connect For Water – which then in turn arranged for the implementation of the plan, empowering our local teams to facilitate the final delivery of filters.

A pure win for all parties involved.

To Re-Cap:

  • An individual seeing the need and choosing to go beyond himself to meet the need, put the Business Connect Family to work, stimulating local economy; all while getting clean water solutions to those in need.
  • In this case 58+ individuals are now drinking bacteria free water and don’t have to travel the 18 km daily to collect safe water like they were doing.
  • Peris herself had been interested in becoming a distributor for over a year but didn’t have the funds to buy initial inventory, so thru donor money, she was granted 10 Village filters to get started. And now is a critical link in this chain of productivity.
  • There are many others hoping for the same boost. If you would like to be a part of their futures and get involved, This event happened only because of people like you that championed water filters for others. Click here to learn how you can become a C4W Champion. Click here to learn about other types of water filters available through our business partner, Business Connect, Inc. Connect with us to learn more about our water projects and how you can become a part of them – worldwide.

Nepal Case Study

Nepal Case Study

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Nepal Case Study

World Renew is an implementing partner of Connect for Water’s partner: Business Connect with Christian Community Development programs and partnerships in some thirty countries around the world. Our founder, Lou Haveman, has a long history of working with them. This is our first report for this clean and safe water initiative.

During 3 days we distributed 188 water filters to 986 families.

The training was conducted before the distribution. We explain what is Sawyer filter, how to assemble, to use and to clean it. Annex 1 shows the detailed of the training. In three days training, most people arrived before the time planned, except ward 5. They attentively listened and practiced what we taught them. They were also willing to teach the others who came late.

After the training, the filters and buckets were distributed according to the list and grouping developed from ward leaders and Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs). The FCHVs were involved in the distribution of filters. Instructions of how to use and clean the filter were placed by a sticker on the buckets.

Example of a filter in use

Barat BK (ward 3), the family who received the filter has handed the filter to Maya Tamang, her neighbor in his group (a woman in the picture) to look after the filter. And she put the filter on the veranda of her house so other families can have access to the filters. She also covers the filter with a towel so it won’t get dirty from dust. Maya Tamang belongs to the higher caste than Barat BK, but they can share the filter.

 

Lessons Learned

  • Grouping should be done during the community meeting.
  • Village mapping is necessary for grouping.
  • It should mentioned that people who didn’t attend the meeting, should not complaint.
  • Some village leaders and FCHVs recommended the list for their own benefits.
  • The list given to CHVs was not posted, only ward 9 observed.

A special THANK YOU to all the donors who gave.

 

This would not have happened without you. You have made a difference in so many people’s lives. You have helped them go from victims to survivors. We appreciate you being a part of our community.

If you’re interested in contributing to another project or cause, visit our Current Projects or Ways to Give tabs.

Fitah’s Story

Fitah’s Story

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Fitah’s Story

Fitah is a young man from Madagascar in his upper 20’s who studied music in the US before going back home to teach it.  He realized a couple years into running his music institute that he wanted to do more to help the people of his country.  After getting introduced to Business Connect’s Africa Director through a mutual colleague, Fitah and a couple business partners put together a plan for marketing water filters to NGOs working all over Madagascar and selling them to individuals in the capital city.

The one big thing that was lacking was seed capital to buy the initial inventory to get the business off the ground.  With a donor funded loan through Business Connect, Fitah and his partners were able to procure an initial shipment of Clarity and Village water filters.

They have utilized some local marketing students to help develop sales strategies and have been busy implementing those ideas over the last 6 months.  The road hasn’t been smooth or easy, but they have learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work.

Fitah has been able to set up a small business to give back to the people of Madagascar because of the generosity of donors in the US who see the benefit of creating businesses as a way of delivering aid and hope around the world.  The initial funding is being paid back to BC as products are sold, in order to enable this to be replicated elsewhere in the world.

This is a great work that benefits the people of Madagascar And yet, there is still many more individuals and families that need access to clean, safe drinking water. This event happened only because of people like you that championed water filters for others. Click here to learn how you can become a C4W Champion. Click here to learn about other types of water filters are available through our business partner, Business Connect, Inc. Connect with us to learn more about our water projects and how you can become a part of them – worldwide.

Kenya Flood Response

Kenya Flood Response

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Kenya Flood Response

In the last six months, thousands of families have been displaced, seeking refuge from the massive flooding throughout Kenya. Heavy rains have been pounding all parts of Kenya to provoke this kind of migration, leaving people without homes, food, and clean water. Temporary camps were set up to help provide relief to these families. Yet that did not protect them from their first, dire obstacle: the mission to find clean water.

In response to this natural disaster, Connect For Water sought the help of our community to raise money for the people of Kenya. This money would provide disaster relief in the form of various water filtration systems to a community in need of desperate help. With the help from generous donations of supporters, Connect For Water raised enough money to contribute significantly to a community in Kenya.

Partnering with Business Connect and Japmor to distribute and implement, over 500 families were given access to clean water. The filters were also placed in eight centers, five schools, five administrative offices, and three churches.

Taking an average of 5 persons per family, and when we include schools, churches and offices, over 2,000 people will be impacted with this donation. These filters provided a way for families to be able to have some set of normalcies. Knowing their water is safe to drink. Knowing their children will not get sick because of contaminated water. Knowing that the first obstacle is overcome. Knowing that there are people who cared enough to help when disaster struck their world.

This victory did not happen without the help of many people. Thank you to Business Connect for partnering with us and managing the distribution of the water filtration systems. Thank you to Japmor for traveling the difficult road to the community and delivering the water filters, while also teaching them how to use it. Thank you to Kohler, Village Water Filters, and DayOne Response for providing the filters.

A special THANK YOU to all the donors who gave.

 

This would not have happened without you. You have made a difference in so many people’s lives. You have helped them go from victims to survivors. We appreciate you being a part of our community.

If you’re interested in contributing to another project or cause, visit our Current Projects of  Ways to Give tabs.

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