BUILDING WELLS:

BUILDING WELLS:

Since 2006, Drop in the Bucket has constructed more than 300 wells in East Africa. Wells are cost effective and can last for generations when properly maintained. We drill down to the aquifer to provide naturally filtered water, and we run extensive tests at each site to ensure the water is safe and pure.

If we did nothing other than provide access to clean water, without any other medical intervention, we could save 2 million lives a year.

Maintaining wells through microfinance:

Maintaining wells through microfinance:

What happens when wells break?

In each community, we establish a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) program. People from each village pay fees to access clean water, and the money collected is used to establish something like a bank. Members of the community can then submit business proposals and take out loans from the VSLA, which they pay back with interest. When the well needs repair, money from the VSLA goes to fixing it.

Every dollar spent on improving water and sanitation creates an average of eight more dollars in costs averted and productivity gained.

Total sanitation:

Total sanitation:

Water isn’t just for drinking. It’s a vital element of everyday safety and sanitation.

We install rural flush toilets, which treat - rather than store - sewage. The technology ensures that the toilet never fills up, never has to be moved (unlike pit latrines), doesn’t smell and doesn’t attract disease-carrying mosquitoes. We have been installing these toilets for more than nine years, and the first ones we built are still working perfectly.

Hand-washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and diseases, but it’s too often a foreign concept to the communities we work in. We provide sanitation education and also install pumps that utilize the power of the sun (solar pumps) or the energy of children playing (roundabout pumps) to keep water flowing.

Poor sanitation kills more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. (WHO)

Empowering girls:

Empowering girls:

When girls hit puberty, their school dropout rates skyrocket. There are 2 reasons why.

First, they lack access to education about sanitary pads. As a result, many girls miss a week of school each month and fall so far behind that they can never catch back up. Second, girls are disproportionately tasked with gathering water and performing other household duties.

As our relationships with schools have strengthened, we’ve established girls' clubs to help promote health education, provide emotional support and encourage increased attendance. Part of the program involves manufacturing washable, reusable sanitary pads. They not only provide girls with an opportunity to stay in class, but they are also help the girls earn money by selling the products in local markets.

By simply providing a separate latrine facility for girls, school enrollment rates have been shown to improve by over 15%.

these children are desperate to go to school,
and they deserve the opportunity
Let’s give it to them

We have the chance to partner with communities across sub-Saharan Africa to create a healthier and better-educated future for a generation of children.

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

-- Nelson Mandela