Health
 Kenya
Project #10434

Safe Drinking Water & Sanitation for Those in Need

by Blue Planet Network
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Child taking drops at clinic
Child taking drops at clinic

Blue Planet Network's 100+ member organizations bring lasting clean water to children and their families around the world. We work with them to improve the planning, funding, and tracking of their work so that clean water also leads to improved health and better livelihoods.

International Lifeline Fund, a Blue Planet Network member since 2011, is working with communities in Uganda to ensure everyone has access to clean water and safe sanitation. This enables the local health clinic to improve their medical services, and in turn, ensure a healthier community. Mr. Amos Kasingabalya is a Medical Clinic Officer at the Nagwere Center 3 clinic in the Pallisa District of eastern Uganda - where 39 percent of the population lack access to clean water. After International Lifeline Fund installed a borehole well at the clinic, Mr. Kasigabalya recognized a major difference in quality of care afforded to the medical staff who no longer need to leave the premises to fetch water from miles away, leaving patients waiting for their return. The local community now has a safe, reliable source of clean water and a medical clinic that can better serve their needs.

Borehole - Pallisa
Borehole - Pallisa

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A borehole in Uganda. Photo by Rudi Dundas.
A borehole in Uganda. Photo by Rudi Dundas.

As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to give you an update on the progress that Blue Planet Network's 115 member organizations are making around the world to enable access to clean water and sanitation for communities in some of the most challenged places in the world.

Whether it is Nicaragua or Kenya, Vietnam or India...or even central California, Blue Planet Network member organizations are working with their community partners to bring clean water and sanitation to schools, home and village gathering places.  This is the first step to improved health and the chance for education and economic advancement that every person deserves.  As you will see below, our members track projects on Blue Planet Network responsible for bringing clean water and/or sanitation to over 2.2 million people.  They couldn't do it without your support.

On behalf of our member organizations and the communities they serve, thank you for answering the call "Water is life.  Pass it on."  May you have a happy, healthy 2016 full of clean water!

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Sample map from International Lifeline Fund
Sample map from International Lifeline Fund

We often tell the story of communities and the people they serve. This is the romantic part of water delivery. The sweat of community building, the empowerment of beneficiaries, the clean water which keeps kids safe from diseases. But there are many hours of time invested in a project even before construction begins.

Blue Planet Network knows what it takes to provide water. Hours of planning, grant-writing, fundraising, advocating... for one drop of clean water to be delivered. Our 100+ members in 26 countries work tirelessly through these hours of tedium to make this happen. It is for that reason that we hope to support them as best we can.

Part of the work that we do is bring donor awareness to their projects. So when our Members told us earlier this year that they needed for a widget to embed their Blue Planet Network projects into their websites... we listened. This way, their donors, partners and the general public can see all their water and sanitation projects without having to leave their website.

Once the map is embedded and displaying on your website, you can select individual projects. The project names, locations, and outputs are linked to Blue Planet Network.  The map will provide an easy way to navigate to projects on Blue Planet Network and highlight the amazing work of our tireless partners.

We invite you to check out our larger Member Map to see where in the world we are working.

With gratitude to you for your support of clean water.

Remember, water is life... pass it on!

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David Christof is a Czech marathoner and global water warrior. He has completed 21 marathons and 13 ultramarathons, including two 100 mile runs. This year, he is traveling around the United States in a philanthropic educational journey, to run an additional 21 marathons, speak at 21 different schools, and raise at least $21,000 for two sustainable water projects at two schools in Buwama, Uganda. The money David raises will go directly to the construction of the wells, being implemented by Blue Planet Network member organization: Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc.

Run Around the USA campaign goals

  • Educate students about the world water crisis and speak at universities and schools around the USA & Canada
  • Inspire children to come alive and pursue their dreams with passion and intensity
  • Motivate children to be physically active and enhance physical and mental well-being
  • Fundraise $21,000 to build wells at 2 schools in Uganda

David began running in 2007 as part of Blue Planet Network’s 20-person Blue Planet Run team that ran around the world in a non-stop relay, leading them through 16 countries in 95 days to raise awareness and funds to eliminate the global water crisis. In 2012, he ran a self-supported marathon from Prague to London, spanning 821 miles. The next year, not only did he run and bike from Prague to Morocco (2,002 miles!) to fundraise for safe drinking water, but along the way, he presented at 34 high schools about the global water crisis. In 2014, David ran across Jordan, almost 300 miles (over 11 marathons) in 11 days, to fundraise for Syrian and Jordanian children’s education.  During these 3 philanthropic journeys, he fundraised over $41,000 for charity.

"I love endurance-adventure, helping others, and the cause of safe drinking water is very dear to me. The fact that about 6,000 people die every single day because of lack of access to safe drinking water is very alarming. We need to realize how fortunate we all are by not having to think about such a basic need as safe drinking water. One fifth of the world does not have this luxury, and it is our duty to help." - David Christof

David continues to run to raise awareness and educate students about what they can do to help. He runs for the 780 million people who don’t have access to safe drinking water. He runs for people sick with waterborne illnesses, who are taking up half of the world’s hospital beds. He runs for the 6,000 people who die each day from unsafe water. He runs for the women in Africa and Asia who walk, on average, of 4 miles to collect water.

Through personal example and engaging speaking, David has inspired students to care about global issues, be active, and pursue their dreams. Most importantly, he demonstrates that one person really can make a difference. His last marathon will take place in the Czech Republic in June. In July of 2015, David plans to travel to Uganda to personally hand over the funds raised and help start the water projects. 

Learn about Drink Local. Drink Tap.'s project in Uganda

With David’s fundraising help, Drink Local. Drink Tap will bring 2 wells to the schools of Wabilgalo and Wantabya in Uganda. Listen to an interview with Wabigalo Primary School head teacher, Molly, and watch this video to understand a day in the life of a child of Wantabya Kkizongo Primary School. These children spend 3-4 hours each day fetching water that is 1.3 miles away, only to bring back unclean water that brings serious illness and keeps them out of school. These problems will be eliminated with the installation of wells made possible by Drink Local. Drink Tap. 

Check out his Blue Planet Network link here to learn more, or contact him directly at waterislifedavid@gmail.com.

Blue Planet Network works to improve the impact of our member water and sanitation projects worldwide. When we give water, we give life.

Blue Planet Network is a powerful online platform that gives water, sanitation and hygiene experts from all over the world the tools and means to monitor projects, share their data and network via peer reviews. The collaboration and learning that ensues allow organizations to make effective changes to program designs for the best long-term results. As a fully transparent, not for profit organization, Blue Planet Network makes these discussions and data visible to all who visit blueplanetnetwork.org. 

Member Spotlight: Global Women's Water Initiative

Today, we’d like to share the life-saving work of our member Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI). GWWI uses a “train the trainer” approach in Uganda to provide clean water and sanitation, the essential elements for a healthy, dignified life.

The Issues

  • The Water Access Problem: In the Gomba district of Uganda there is only 42% safe water coverage and half of the unprotected, open tanks are over 3 miles away. Resultantly, women and children are forced walk very long distances to collect water for their families. The effort that they put into collecting water systematically keeps them from completing their education and the long, isolated journey often puts them in danger of being assaulted. 
  • The Sanitation Problem: In Gomba, many people simply do not believe in using latrines. As a result, the district reports 1,500 diarrhea cases and 50 under age-five diarrhea related deaths per month.
  • The Woman Problem: Just 5% of the women in Gomba have control over basic resources, such as land, and many are unaware of their right to work or own property. This makes them especially vulnerable to cycles of poverty and dependence.

The Solution: Empowering Women Empowers Communities

GWWI's approach focuses on ‘Women and Water Trainingsthat train participants to become leaders in their communities. In addition to constructing rain water harvesting tanks, biosand filters and latrines, graduates of these trainings go on to lead projects implemented by the women of the village and that utilize local resources, such as clay and soil for brickmaking. Female users are in mind every step of the way. For example, uniquely, these latrines will include a menstruation cleaning bay and 1,000 girls will receive menstrual health education. 

Going Above and Beyond: Strengthening the local economy for long-term impact

  • 3000 people will receive training that emphasizes hygiene best practices, water treatment techniques and the importance of water resource protection. The women that participate will leave with practical skills and importantly, with the understanding that the long-term success depends on the transfer of their knowledge to the rest of their communities. 
  • 1000 girls will benefit from menstrual health education, allowing them to better understand their own physiologies and contribute to their emotional intelligence.
  • 5 micro-entrepreneurial womens' groups will create products such as soap and reusable menstrual pads. These small businesses will contribute to economic growth and will better position the community to withstand the periods of drought and food insecurity that are common.

Your contribution today on Global Giving supports the collaborative Blue Planet Network member projects such as the one you have learned about today. We hope you consider Blue Planet Network and our members today!

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