Receiving an education is one of the most valuable things we can gain in life, but equally as important is being healthy enough to go out and get it. The funding of water facilities and hygiene programmes within schools can make a significant impact to both students and their wider communities. In 2017, Project Waterfall contributed to funding the final year of a five-year WASH programme spanning Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.
Located in East Africa, Uganda has a population of over 40 million people. Northern Uganda is still recovering from 2 decades of civil war where more than 1.6 million people were internally displaced, many of whom remain far from their homes today.
The current president, Yoweri Museveni, has been credited with restoring relative stability and economic prosperity to Uganda following the civil war, however there is still a long way to go before the country reaches its full potential.
The New York Coffee festival returned to the 69th Regiment Armory in NYC from September 16-18th. Now in it's second year, the event saw thousands of coffee lovers from New York City and beyond all gathered for three days of pure caffeination.
50% of ticket sales were donated to Project Waterfall to bring clean drinking water to coffee growing communities. A total of over $75,000 was raised across the three days which in partnership with charity: water will bring clean drinking water to entire communities in the coffee growing country of Rwanda.
1. Conserve water in any way you can: The less water we use on a day to day basis, the less water we are draining from our local water sources. Take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, wait to use the dishwasher until you have a full load – anything that avoids potentially wasteful water usage.
A watershed is an area of land that collects water or snow runoff into a body of water like a river, lake, or stream. Watersheds provide the clean water that we drink, use to take a shower, wash our dishes and clothes with, and all of the other uses we have for water every day. So if watersheds are so important, who protects them?
Project Waterfall is a charity that aims to bring clean water to coffee growing communities all over the world. You might ask, why coffee growing communities? One explanation is that Project Waterfall gets much of its support from members of the coffee industry. Through events like UK Coffee Week, London Coffee Festival, New York Coffee Festival, and Amsterdam Coffee Festival, Project Waterfall brings members of the coffee industry together around a common philanthropic cause.
The benefits of going to school to get an education are no secret. Not only does it increase the chances of personal success, but levels of education within a population are also linked to a country’s success in development. Countries with high education levels have decreased maternal mortality and child marriage rates, greater social equality between ethnic groups and between men and women, and better overall health of the population, all of which lead to stronger economies.
Last week, our intern Zofia visited two of our projects in Addis Ababa: the Kibebe Tsehay orphanage and the Ketchune Girls Orphanage.
Here are her stories from the field!
Luck is an interesting concept. We describe luck as a force that somehow shapes the outcome of events in our lives, but at the end of the day, none of us know what luck really is. This doesn’t stop us from giving luck all the credit for monumental things that happen to us, though. We might say, “It was luck that I won the lottery” or “how lucky that my husband and I met on a blind date so many years ago.” But what if luck extended past these fateful circumstances and became intrinsically linked with our very survival.