An educational/fundraising project.
Teaching children the value of clean drinking water. Focussing on nurseries and school.
Fundraising for clean drinking water projects. Working with local people to implement them.
It is not right that children get their drinking water from a pond that cows use as a toilet.
September 2013: WOW Water booklet launch.
June 2015: Project end date: agreed as July 2016. Project goal: provide water to the villages around Fievie.
August 2015: House Of Rompa collection counted: £360
September 2015: £3000 raised so far.
December 2016: With a massive contribution from Mauldeth Road Primary School, and Rotary Club of Manchester fundraising, we have now reached £8000.
WOW-Water teaches us all the value of our water.
We want to have clean water - for drinking, washing ourselves, and for cooking with.
WOW-Water is helping with clean water projects.
WOW Water brings together two continents, two cultures, and the opportunity to learn the value of water in our changing world.
If every child in our nurseries and primary schools donates a coin into a collecting bottle each time they have a drink of water, they will start to learn about the value of water and help to raise funds.
And with this money, we will team up with people in villages in Africa to bring clean drinking water to their communities.
Becoming part of WOW Water is simple yet so effective.
All you need are empty plastic water bottles (used as money boxes) and a large sized empty water bottle (as a collection bottle for all donations).
There is information about life in the villages we want to help. You can ask us questions. And we will report back on how your money is being used to make a difference!
We asked the people around Fievie what they would like, and they said they want to be connected to the mains water supply. This can supply water even in the long dry season when there is no rain. Until now in Fievie, they have got their water from a pond which cattle use as a toilet, with people dying from this.
The main village of Fievie is now connected to the mains supply. But the outlying villages of Adidokpoi,Tetedzikope and Kpodzi still need to be connected. This will require 10km of pipes to be laid. We are raising money to make these connections. At the end of 2016 we had raised £8000 towards the project costs. We still have a long way to go, and will keep raising money in 2017.
In July 2016 we visited Fievie. We met with the local authority leaders, the community leaders, Kids Foundation CEO and members of the Rotary Club of Ho. We built good connections which will enable the project to be implemented in 2017-18. The visit was funded by Rotary Club of Manchester and the Rotary District 1285.
An amazing effort from Mauldeth Road Primary School raised over £2000! We talked to children in an assembly, and then they raised the money at home from collecting pennies when they had a drink. This is such a wonderful example of how people help people.
Congratulations to the Beavers in Handforth who raised £65 in 2014 and £124 in 2015.
Also in 2015, acQuire have raised £36 in their Manchester office, and St Cuthberts school have raised £46.
In Ghana, not all children are allowed to go to school by their families. That means that they may not learn to read or write, and not understand simple maths.
Sometimes they have to work, for example they may have to get up in the middle of the night and spend all day looking after the cows that their family have. These children in Ghana are called cow boys, but nothing like the ones we see on television. And when they are out in the countryside all day, often very very hot, they don't have clean water so drink from ponds.
So with the help of the Rotary Club in Leven, Scotland, we have sent some LifeStraws for them to use and to see if this makes a difference to them.