Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

Changamwe urban sanitation project taking shape!

I’ve been spending quite a lot of time with a men’s support group in Changamwe recently, an informal urban
settlement on the main Nairobi road out of Mombasa.

David and Herbert, members of Changamwe Men's Support Group at the proposed site

They have developed a proposal for a sanitation block in their community, involving three or four flush toilets and
a shower. The idea is that people will pay per use of the facility, and through this the group can raise funds for
another similar project in the future as well as provide support for AIDs affected families in the community.
The site is small, around 5m by 3m, but ideally located to the main road, and right next to the municipal water line
and the sewerage network. The group are also keen to include a community space in the project, to allow them to facilitate HIV awareness events and hold Voluntary Community Testing (VCT) evenings.
As well as support from TWP, the group are also working closely with Women Fighting AIDs in Kenya (WOFAK), a well established respected NGO with substantial experience of working in slum settlements in Kenya.
At this point we’re in the discussion stage, and are committed to facilitating the design process and workshop sessions. When we have some coherent plans and a decent proposal, we’re also very keen on the idea of funding the construction process, and as such entering into the world of urban water and sanitation. At the same time, TWP is talking to WOFAK about on – going support, and about ensuring that the group have the capacity to handle their income and maintain the facility in the long run.
Good, exciting, progress. Watch this space!


 

We’re Moving (and growing)!

4 Bicentennial Square - Concord, NH

Beginning on June 6th, 2011 – The Water Project, Inc is relocating our headquarters from Charlotte, NC to Concord, NH.  It’s a big move and we couldn’t be happier!

We’re incredibly excited about this new opportunity to expand our operations, add some office space and welcome new folks to our team!

Our new headquarters in downtown Concord, NH will become a great place for our growing team to collaborate and get creative about solving this water crisis.  (It happens to be above a coffee shop, which will certainly help too!)

Why We’re Moving

From the beginning, our belief has been that partnerships and cooperation are the only way to solve the water crisis facing nearly one billion people around the world.

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The 10 Hour Power Shower

Strangest fundraiser ever?

We may never know… but Kevin Cline and friends sure got our attention with this one.  You simply have to watch!

 

You may be wondering…

Was this a waste of water? Maybe.   But, here’s a stunner.  A 10 hour shower only uses about 1,500 gallons of water.  That’s less than is needed to produce one hamburger!*

So, we think it was worth it.  Kevin raised over $1,000 in just 10 hours.  You can see how the 1,500 gallons was put to good use here >>

*Source: http://ga2.er.usgs.gov/edu/edu-activity-watercontent.cfm

 

Carbon for Water? Now how does that work?

Vestergaard Frandsen are a Swiss company involved in the research, development, manufacture and distribution of humanitarian products. They are the guys behind the Permanet mosquito net. On their website they talk of ‘profit for a purpose’. Right now, in Western Province, Kenya they are rolling out a water filtration program intended to cover 90% of homes in just 25 days. That is 900,000 households overall, or 35,000 new filters moving out every single day! The company are investing 30m USD over ten years. Why? Because the carbon saved through filtering water rather than boiling it will be transferred into carbon credits and sold on the European market for a profit.  To say this is highly ambitious is an understatement, so I hopped on a flight from Mombasa and took a closer look.

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