This summer, I will lead a small group of volunteers that will travel to Arusha, Tanzania to work with SAFE Water Now, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing clean, safe water to those who do not currently have access to it. This will be the first official volunteer trip in the history of SWaN.
Currently, nearly one billion people worldwide lack clean drinking water. Every year disease caused by an unsafe water supply kills 2.2 million people. Children under five comprise 90% of these deaths. Tanzania is in desperate need of access to clean water. That’s where SAFE Water Now steps in.
When I first met Tracy Hawkins, founder of SAFE Water Now, I was amazed by her incredible filter project in Tanzania. Now, many years later, I finally have the opportunity to directly help this noble cause.
Tracy’s projects have even been featured in multiple CNN international stories:
SWaN revolves around a simple idea: helping people help themselves. They manufacture and distribute affordable, effective, and locally made ceramic filters that not only kill 99.99% bacteria in water, but provide needed jobs and opportunities for local villagers. By setting up filter factories directly in Tanzania, SWaN helps Tanzanians save the lives of their own people.
I have been working closely with her this year in planning and organizing a trip for Tracy, several other volunteers, and me to travel to Arusha for two weeks. There, my team will build up the SAFE Water Now infrastructure, upgrade the factory and distribute filters to local orphanages.
By selling cookies outside a local barbershop, I have raised $1100 that will all go to my project. However, you can help me get to my goal of $5000 towards this effort. Every donation matters. To make a tax-deductible donation, click the “donate” button at the top-right of this page.
I cannot thank you enough for your support.