Partner Highlight: Think East Africa

Partner Highlight: Think East Africa

For every 1,000 live births in 2017, 61 of those children died before the age of five. One of the largest contributing factors to child mortality in Burundi is exposure to unsafe drinking water. For children, exposure to waterborne illnesses is one of the leading causes of child mortality in the developing world.

This comes down to a lack of access to wells and filters. To help address this problem, Business Connect is partnering with Think East Africa to provide the entire country of Burundi with access to clean water.

What does that look like? Think East Africa made it their mission to implement a long-term solution to Burundi’s often forgotten struggle for clean water. Their goal is that by the end of 2028 Burundi will have the infrastructure, through the creation and distribution of wells and water filters, to provide everyone in the country with access to clean water.

Think East Africa is working to identify key places in communities across the country to drill and lay pipe for a communal water source where families can come to collect water. The water can then be filtered to ensure that it is safe to drink and use. This allows for families to avoid hiking miles and miles for water, as well as have filters to guarantee the water they collect is safe. 

In 2017, the World Health Organization reported that 44 percent of the poorest residents in Burundi lack basic access to water. With this amount of people in the country living without without this access, the potential growth in local communities is limited. Local economies can’t grow unless people’s basic needs are met.

For Think East Africa’s project in Burundi, maintaining a community-driven focus is of the utmost importance. They have based their operations for this project in Burundi, in an effort to get their team acclimated to the Burundi culture and the needs of its people. This makes the overall mission of creating the infrastructure for water to become accessible in communities across the country possible. With this mission in mind, they plan to drill over 3000 wells and distribute 100,000+ water filters.

Business Connect prides itself on creating these partnerships with local distributors because they understand the culture and true need of clean water. That is why Business Connect is taking its locally sustainable approach to solving the clean water crisis and partnering with Think East Africa to reach those in desperate need of clean water with the tools that provide access to it for years to come.  

Idaho School Creates Change In Botswana With Clarity

Idaho School Creates Change In Botswana With Clarity

Kohler Clarity water filters are  a great water filter for classrooms due to their all in one designed nature. This ease of use makes it an ideal candidate for a location like a school where the design simplicity works to the benefit of its application. This was matched with the need for filters in a Botswana school where a clean water solution was needed.  

$1,000 of water filters we’re distributed to the school in Botswana all because of one Idaho school teachers willingness to engage her students with the global Water Crisis.  While researching Botswana for a unit that she would be teaching to her third grade class, she came across Connect For Water’s page on a pre-existing projects in Botswana.

She decided to contact Connect For Water about starting a new Champion project  to raise money water filters 4 school kids in Botswana. Her class raised $500 which the school matched for a total of $1,000 to be used for the purchase of water filters for Botswana school children.

Kgomodiatshaba Primary School was the decided upon destination for the twenty purchased Kohler Clarity filters based of off an identified need for clean water to become accessible in this area because they are a remote settlement with around 357 people. The filters were then brought to the community and are ready for use in the classroom of the primary school.

Water filters in schools

The access to clean and filtered water allows for students to develop their own abilities which translates to a more powerful and connected community.

The presence of these filters enables the development of the community further as kids have access to education without waterborne illness being an inhibiting factor in their development. Students can now have more consistent attendance because they won’t have to miss school due to the spread of waterborne illnesses, helping to increase potential and hope in the local community.

The effort one teacher made enabled a rural community to build its potential while helping in engaging distributors and business partners who all are working to get people sustainable solutions to accessing clean water.

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