JSCharting and Measurable Results Charity have joined together to promote their ‘PWYW’ (Pay-What-You-Want) campaign, where all proceeds of sales for JSCharting will be donated to help provide access to safe water for rural, vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. JSCharting has got the ball rolling with an incredible $20,000 USD donation, and hopes its generous customers can raise much more through this campaign!
100% of the proceeds will be donated to Ryan’s Well Foundation in support of their 2020-2021 Project in Northern Uganda. Enjoy this short video from our School Challenge Project last year, and see what previous donations to this region have accomplished:
Currently, Measurable Results is focused on the philanthropic mission of Corporate Web Solutions Ltd. Once the initial projects have been completed and lessons learned from this work, Measurable Results will expand its mission and fundraising efforts. The primary near-term focus is on well development in developing nations, since it provides measurable results for both saving lives from waterborne illness and enhancing lives through freeing-up time that would otherwise be spent collecting water (for example, to enable children to obtain an education). Combining hygiene education programs with a new, local clean water source can significantly reduce mortality.
Uganda is a small, landlocked country on the Eastern side of Africa that experiences many environmental, political, economic and social hardships. As climate changes and governments rule, the country of Uganda pays a price in multiple areas. People living in rural villages are often required to travel long distances to collect water for use at school and home. This burden of collecting water disproportionality falls on women and children, especially girls, who typically spend 1-2 hours per day collecting contaminated water. Apart from the time spent fetching water in Uganda, the water collected comes from rivers, and often carries water-borne diseases, including cholera, dysentery, and diarrhoea. This contamination is caused by a lack of proper sanitation and hygiene behaviours, including poor human waste disposal, which is then washed into river streams and valleys during the rainy season. Without access to safe water and clean toilets, many unhygienic situations occur, causing community members to become sick.
Lira district is still considered to be one of the most vulnerable districts in Uganda in terms of safe water and sanitation coverage. For this reason, Ryan’s Well Foundation and our local partner in Northern Uganda, Divine Waters Uganda, continue to concentrate our efforts in Lira District in order to improve the equitable distribution, effective usage and maintenance capacity of WASH services in this area. We are currently working on a 3-year project that involves the drilling and installation of 30 deep wells (10 per year for 3 years), as well as WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) training and community organization work for 30 communities (schools and/or villages). Approximately 6,500 people benefitted from potable water and the essential sanitation and hygiene training this year, which represents phase I in improving the health and well-being of more than 15,000 vulnerable people in 3 years of project work. The overall cost for the project is $690,000 CAD ($230,000 CAD per year), and the ultimate goal of this project is to improve the overall health and well-being of the most vulnerable populations in Uganda.
Experience has taught us that community mobilization, participation, and complete ownership of the project are the key to yielding sustainable impact. Right from the onset, our local partners, in collaboration with District officials, identify communities in desperate need of safe water, but also communities that demonstrate great leadership and the eagerness to take care of their new water source. It’s unreasonable to supply communities with infrastructure if they lack the basic skills and knowledge needed to properly manage and maintain that infrastructure. Therefore, whether it be wells, rain water harvesting tanks or protected springs, we include a WASH training program for all our beneficiaries in order to empower these communities to become self-sufficient, and not continue to rely on international aid. This training includes basic-level education on the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene behaviours, as well as how to maintain their source and who to call locally when something breaks down/needs to be replaced. By providing safe water sources and WASH education, communities are equipped to further develop sustainable livelihoods; in this respect, we recognize that our long-term impact extends much greater than simply safe water access.