Yay! Thanks to you, this project to provide clean water to children's hospitals in China has exceeded its fundraising goal!
Now, children at the following sites in Henan Province, China, have clean, safe, reliable water:
Jiaozuo City Jinrui Cerebral Palsy Children Rehabilitation Center A
Jiaozuo City Jinrui Cerebral Palsy Children Rehabilitation Center B
Ruzhou City Jingeng Cerebral Palsy Children Rehabilitation Hospital
Without your support, the water flowing into these institutions would still be unsafe. They would be forced to spend their limited resources on purchasing costly bottled water, which might not be readily available or even safe to drink.
"We are so happy to work with a charity organization such as yours,” said the Director of the Jinrui Center, “because you have demonstrated how much you care about us by coming back so soon after the installation. We will show the same [care] for the systems that you have shown for us."
None of this would be possible without compassionate and caring people like you. Thank you. Please visit splash.org to find out more about our work in China and elsewhere. And check out our other GlobalGiving project that still needs funding: Clean Water for Kids in Cambodia.
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So many more children are living with clean water because of you.
We are excited to announce that, this month—because of your generosity and compassion—we will be installing two water purification systems for this project in China: one at Jingeng Rehabilitation Hospital and another at Jinrui Rehabilitation Center in Henan Province. Both do incredible work treating children with cerebral palsy (CP). Started by a woman whose own daughter has CP, the hospital and center treat hundreds of kids each month, many of whom reside at the hospitals for months at a time.Until this month, the hospitals spent upwards of US$200/month on bottled water for drinking. The new water systems will provide not just clean water for drinking, but also for food preparation, hand washing, and bathing. Each water purification system uses a remarkable technology called ultrafiltration, which removes 99.999% of biological contaminants that can cause severe illness in children, such as E. Coli and giardia. Manufactured by the A.J. Antunes Company, they are the same water systems used throughout restaurant and hotel chains in China to provide high quality, safe water for paying customers. With your help, we are able to bring that same high standard of service—along with a 10-year commitment of spare parts, training, maintenance, and support—to children in pediatric hospitals in China. In year 11, Jingeng and Jinrui will take over full ownership of their water systems, plus they will have the support and knowledge they need to keep clean water flowing for the long term. It is only with your support that we are able to bring clean water to these children! Thank you!!Please stay tuned—our next update will include photos of both sites, with more details on the actual installations. In the meantime, check out another recent site where we just installed a water system in January: Kaifeng City Yager Deaf & Mute Children School. It was funded by three kids who spent three summers in New York selling lemonade to raise money for clean water in China—pretty amazing (like you)!
On November 1, 2012 we completed our 500th active installation of clean water systems in China. The 500th installation was at Ganjiaping Elementary School located in Badong County, Hubei Prefecture, China. This school has 310 students and 16 staff.Help us get to 503!
This project is almost completely funded, and very shortly we will begin installation in three pediatric hospitals in China. Imagine taking your sick or injured child to a hospital that is functioning without clean water! This should not be so, and it is a simple problem to fix!
With your help, we will install water purifications systems and drinking & hand washing stations at three more sites, and we will provide 10 years of spare parts, maintenance, training, and support, positioning each site to take ownership of its own system by year 11.
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We would never have been able to achieve these results in China without the dedication, commitment, perseverance, and grit of a lot of folks. We are so proud of our entire China team, but we also owe a lot to the China Association of Social Workers and to the China Charity Federation for their belief in us when we were a very small and unknown player in the water sector.But first and foremost, we were able to reach this goal because of supporters like you. Today, thousands of children in China and over 225,000 children in cities and towns around the world are enjoying safe, clean water.
Since our last project update, we have been conducting site visits at several hospitals we’ve identified as potential partners. We met with staff at each hospital to discuss working together and to assess their specific water needs and challenges. We have three sites we’re feeling very confident about, and one in particular we think is perfect. While we can’t release the name of this site until we’ve formalized agreements and obtained necessary permits, we couldn't wait to tell you about it! This particular pediatric hospital specializes in the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Their approach is a blend of traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture and massage as well as speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. The hospital has 300 in-patient children and treats about 100 out-patient children per day. There are also 100 orphans, primarily abandoned children, being cared for at the hospital. Water is currently sourced from a 40-meter deep well and is stored in a large tank on the 7th floor. The water is very hard and also contains a lot of sediment, requiring the tank to be cleaned at least every two months. There are two potential locations for installation, and both should have water purification systems. Also, each floor of the hospital has an area where they heat water, and ideally we’d like to pipe filtered water into each of these areas. The main challenge would be the re-plumbing that would be required. We’re very excited about the prospect of working with this and other sites, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on our progress. Thanks for your support!
When we first conceived this project, we expected we would begin with five hospital sites in China at a cost of $5,000 per site. Three years later we have raised almost half that amount (thank you!!). In an effort to get the project off the ground, we have decided to launch with three hospital sites instead of five. This is why you will notice that we have reduced the funding goal for this project to $15,000 from the original goal of $25,000. It's because we just can't stand to wait any longer to expand our reach and serve more kids! To date, our work in China has been focused almost exclusively on orphanages, in addition to receiving a rare invitation to provide clean water for displacement camps following the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. Our installation work in orphanages is nearing its end (we expect to be providing clean water to every orphanage in China by 2013), and most of our water systems at displacement camps have been decommissioned as people return to their homes. So it’s thrilling to be branching out into a new area: pediatric hospitals. We work in this arena already in other countries like Cambodia and Vietnam, and so we know the kind of impact clean, safe water can have on the children these hospitals serve. As always, our model is not to build institutions—instead, we partner with existing ones that are serving children admirably, but doing so without clean water. Step one of that process is always to work with local allies who can help us identify potential partners and sites. Step two is to conduct an assessment of each site, determining need, capacity, and of course willingness to establish a long-lasting partnership. So we are happy to announce that we have begun Step 1: Over the past few weeks, we have been working closely with the China Association of Social Workers (CNCASW) and the China Charity Federation to identify sites for possible water purification installations. We anticipate having sites selected by the end of June and begin vetting shortly thereafter, so that by the time we do reach the $15,000 mark, the project should be primed to take off! We will continue to raise money with the goal of serving more sites—we are on track to serve at least 1 million children globally by 2020—but having these three up and running will be a huge step toward that larger goal. We are also pleased to announce that GlobalGiving has selected this project to receive a portion of the donations to their Bricks for Good Fund. Just click here and donate $50, and you will get a free gift: a super cool water-well LEGO set! Thanks so much for your ongoing patience and support.
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