As some of you may know, we are about $400 away from putting a water well in the Nyaruguru district of Rwanda. Pictured below is their current water source; it is unprotected and shared by three villages (approximately 600 people).
Our current focus is on Rwanda because we were shocked to discover that a, Cup of Excellence (award winning) coffee community did not have access to clean water.
This photo was taken specifically for us by Aloys and Vedaste of Water4 in Oklahoma City.
We value local partnerships and are working with local water organization, Water4 in Oklahoma City to see this project through. They provide simple tools and equip locals in their native communities to drill and maintain the wells. They intentionally put the solution back in hands of the people directly affected--pretty sustainable, don't you think?
There are many issues that water scarcity touches on: public health and the rights of women and children.
Villagers heading down from the mountain to get to the unprotected water source (30-45 minute hike).
About 3.4 million people die each year from a water related disease and recent studies indicate that if nothing changes, by 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity.
According to a recent UNICEF report, a child dies every 21 seconds due to a water-related illness. This child and many others of the Nyaruguru district are at risk and worth protecting.
Water quality and specialty coffee go hand in hand. Our current social justice campaign is to bring clean water to the specific coffee community of Nyaruguru district of Rwanda, will you join us in our cause?
We have been setting aside a portion of our monthly sales for the past several months and have $3101 of the $3500 needed. Since we are so close we've been giving all of our TIPs at events towards reaching our goal.
A well that Water4 help put in the western province of Rwanda. This is what we hope to put in for the Nyaruguru district.
Look for us at Second Friday Circuit of Art and various community events. We would love to meet you and tell you more about our initiative in person!