Exciting News from Our Reuss Fellow in the Philippines
By Dexter Gauntlett - Reuss Fellow
Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,
It's been 6 months since I left with my family to work in the Philippines with Green Empowerment to scale up our renewable energy and water projects in rural villages. We are now in the final round of evaluations for a $1.5 million proposal that would provide 22,000 people in 50 villages access to clean drinking water-- using an ingenious ram pump technology that requires no fuel input! But the main donor - the US Agency for International Development (USAID) requires a private sector donor to cover part of the material costs.
Will you please approach your company to help sponsor a water tank?We need 1 - 50 water tanks at only $660 each.
In villages, it is the responsibility of women and children to fetch water 2-3 times a day, walking up to a kilometer or more carrying 40lb buckets. This prevents them from going to school and is literally-- back breaking work. Our program will install ram pumps, storage tanks, and provide a communal tap. Our in-country NGO partner is the BBC World Challenge winner AIDFI, who has installed 170 ram pumps throughout the Philippines and other countries.
I need to submit the final proposal by July 15.
Here is an overview of the different sponsorship amounts:
1 complete installed ram pump system to bring portable water to a village of 300 people = $13,000
1 ferrocement water tank (10,000 liters) so women and children do not have to carry water from a far away well = $660
The proposal targets 50 ram pump installations total over the next 3 years.
I'd be happy to speak with others at your company if they are interested and need more information, Dexter.Gauntlett@greenempowerment.org. Please help us make this exciting program a reality.
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