Local Heroes

The water crisis is one of the most critical issues facing the world today. Bringing clean drinking water into communities is an essential step in breaking the poverty cycle, but creating solutions that last can be challenging without the right local partner. This month we are celebrating the local heroes who work day in and day out to make lasting change possible in their communities.

 

Meeting between farmers from Kichwamba coffee farm, WaterAid and Project Waterfall. Photo credit: Eliza Powell Photography

Meeting between farmers from Kichwamba coffee farm, WaterAid and Project Waterfall. Photo credit: Eliza Powell Photography

Project Waterfall believes that lasting change comes with community ownership and empowerment. We work alongside local grassroots organisations to bring clean water and sanitation into communities. These organisations are the first line of defence against the water crisis.  Their skills and expertise ensure the projects are sustainable, and can mean the difference between a lifetime of clean water or a broken well that can’t be fixed.

Introducing our partners, JESE

On our recent trip to the Fort Portal region of Uganda with WaterAid UK, we visited several schools from our Investing in Education programme. During the trip we met with Joint Effort to Save the Environment, better known as JESE. JESE are the local delivery partner for this project who have been working with the communities in Fort Portal to bring clean drinking water and sanitation into schools. As well as increasing access to clean water and sanitation, JESE works with communities to improve agricultural practises and protect the environment for future generations.

Photo credit: Eliza Powell Photography

Photo credit: Eliza Powell Photography

Throughout every project, JESE works to ensure sustainability by involving communities in the designing, planning, constructing and maintenance process of water and sanitation facilities. Their work includes both the ‘hard’ changes, like building pumps and toilets, and the equally important ‘soft changes’, such as implementing health clubs in schools and setting up monitoring committees that involve parents and teachers. Their incredible work is changing the future of Uganda from the bottom up.

Photo credit: Eliza Powell Photography

Photo credit: Eliza Powell Photography

By empowering students and providing them with the knowledge and skills to understand the importance of clean drinking water and sanitation, JESE have sparked change in the schools which has led to healthier students who are confident in their future. Schools are a hub for the local community, and children often bring the knowledge they learn at health club back home to their siblings and parents.

Photo credit: Eliza Powell Photography

Photo credit: Eliza Powell Photography

Photo credit: Eliza Powell Photography

“I tell my friends who are not members of the health club about what we learn there; how to keep our bodies clean, washing hands with soap after using the toilet or handling food.” – Kenaaju Shakila from Rwenthuuha

Solving the water crisis and bringing clean drinking water to everyone is possible thanks to the tireless efforts of local organizations around the world. While there is still a long way to go before water scarcity is an issue of the past, by strengthening local partnerships and learning from their expertise and guidance we can be hopeful that bringing clean drinking water to everyone, everywhere is an achievable goal.

You can learn more about JESE’s work on their website here.

Investing in Education

Investing in Education

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.

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Uganda - A Story of Hope

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.

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New York Coffee Festival raises over $75,000 for Project Waterfall

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.

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From farm to cup: The Life of a Coffee Bean

From farm to cup: The Life of a Coffee Bean

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. 

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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.

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The meaning of luck

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Meet Zofia

Project Waterfall would like to introduce Zofia Wootliff.  Zofia started interning with us this summer, and has since become an invaluable member of our team.  She has worked to strengthen our community relations in London, while also expanding our social media presence by reaching out to our friends in the coffee industry.  We look forward to seeing how she spreads the mission of Project Waterfall at her high school this Autumn.

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Coffee Art Project

Coffee Art Project

Entries are now being accepted for London’s Coffee Art Project 2016!

The Coffee Art Project is a high profile art competition held in aid of Project Waterfall, with all works linked to the theme of Coffee. Artists at all levels can enter one piece of artwork that connects to 'coffee' and/or 'coffee shop' experience. There is no restriction on media used; sculpture, painting, installation, photography, and mixed media art works are all eligible and welcome!
 

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