The Scrubba Blog

The only washing machine giving back clean water

by Anna Worthley |

The Scrubba team is passionate about helping those in need and over the last couple of years we have donated over $35,000 USD to fund 3 water related projects in Bangladesh and Ethiopia.  The first project took over 18 months and we are pleased to announce that it is now complete and providing over 1000 people with safe water and sanitation.

This project came to fruition from our $15,000 USD donation to charity: water to build the infrastructure required to plumb a water system for three schools in Bangladesh. In rural areas of Bangladesh, many people lack access to basic sanitation and clean water and this can have a devastating impact on the health and education of students. An anonymous donor generously matched our donation bringing the effective value of the project to $30,000 USD.

The project is now complete and 1031 students and teachers of Mahbubenessa Girls High, Nazrul Academy High and Rashidpur High now have access to clean and safe drinking and washing water.  

To see where these projects are, enter the following GPS coordinates into Google maps:

  • 23.00725, 91.07338889
  • 23.01111111, 91.00408333
  • 23.01480556, 91.10222222

The project will provide an ongoing supply of clean water as well as vital training in water and sanitation hygiene.  These are a collection of photos from the schools:

Thanks to our customers, we were able to be a part of this fantastic project. But, it doesn’t end there. In our travels, we have seen first-hand how scarce clean drinking water can be and decided early on to find a way to help tackle the issue of providing clean water to remote parts of the world.

Charity: water, an organisation dedicated to helping remote communities access clean water was the perfect fit. With a high level of transparency and the support of some dedicated anonymous donors to cover administration costs, we know that 100% of the funds we donate go towards the actual projects we are supporting.

With such amazing results in Bangladesh, we have also partnered with Charity: water on 2 separate projects in Ethiopia. We have donated $20,000 USD to fund 2 Ethiopian well projects in their entirety. The projects are well underway and once completed, will provide life-saving water, hygiene and sanitation to communities in the Tigray region. These donations were generously matched by an anonymous donor resulting in a total of $40,000 USD donated. The projects will include the construction of new drilled wells that will supply hundreds of people in the area.

Stay tuned for updates on this and future projects. And thank you for helping us give back.

Tags: Bangladesh, charity: water, clean water, donation, giving back, hygiene, sanitation, Scrubba, wash bag

Our $15,000 donation now has twice the impact in Bangladesh

by Ashley Newland |

Back in June, Calibre8 Pty Ltd (aka the Scrubba wash bag) donated USD15,000 to charity: water to fund the plumbing of a school water system in Bangladesh that will provide clean water and vital hygiene and sanitation training to the students and 750 people in the neighboring area.

USD15,000 becomes USD30,000

While the project isn't due for completion until late 2015, we just received an update from charity: water informing us that an anonymous donor has matched our donation, which means that USD30,000 will now go to water projects in that area, providing on-going water and sanitation for around 1,500 people in need.

Managing director of Calibre8 Pty Ltd, Ash Newland said of the project: "Our donation of USD15,000 to the Bangladesh water project was our first of many substantial charitable projects that we have planned and it was only made possible by our loyal supporters and social media fans, which is why we consider the project to be theirs.  Not only does the Scrubba wash bag help our supporters pack lighter and travel cleaner, but they know that their support helps those in need".  

"For an anonymous donor to come forward and match our donation is amazing. It means that the contribution by the Scrubba wash bag (through Calibre8) will have twice the impact and assist even more people in need" Newland said.

The next project

We are pleased to announce that we are gearing up for another water project this year and details will be announced shortly.  You can stay up to date about the latest news by following us on Facebook or signing up to our newsletter. 

 

Tags: bangladesh, charity, clean, clothes, clothing, donation, project, safe, Scrubba, Scrubba bag, scrubba wash bag, travel laundry, wash, water

A picture is worth more than 1000 words…

by Ashley Newland |

It’s worth safe drinking water for Khan and his school friends in Bangladesh!

The Scrubba wash bag team are donating up to $15,000 to charity: water to provide safe drinking water for up to 750 people in Bangladesh and you can help!

All you have to do is:

  1.     Take a photo of yourself using the Scrubba wash bag or holding it somewhere cool (maybe on your travels or somewhere near your home);
  2.     Post the photo on our Facebook page or send it to comps@thescrubba.com before June 26 2014 and we will donate $20 (that’s safe drinking water for one student)
  3.     Ask your friends to like the Scrubba wash bag Facebook page. For every new ‘like’, we will donate $1 towards the project.

 This is how easy it is to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to one child in need:

  

The project will provide an ongoing supply of clean and safe drinking water for around 750 people as well as training in water and sanitation hygiene. With 16% of people in Bangladesh lacking access to water and 42% lacking access to sanitation, this project will be vital to the school and nearby communities.

The Scrubba wash bag is the world's most portable washing machine and it has helped travelers all around the world travel lighter and cleaner.  It is the best way to wash clothes when camping, traveling or backpacking.  The Scrubba wash bag team are also committed to helping those in need, particularly those without access to one of the most basic human needs: clean drinking water and sanitation.

This campaign runs until 26 June 2014.  For each suitable photo received before this date, the Scrubba wash bag will donate $20.00 to charity: water towards this project.  For each new Facebook like (the campaign started at 19,849 likes), the Scrubba wash bag will donate $1.00.  By submitting a photo, the submitter confirms that they have the copyright to the photo and provides us with permission to use the photo on our website and social media. 

Tags: bangladesh, charity, charity: water, clean, clothes, clothing, developing country, donate, gift, photo, safe water, school, Scrubba, Scrubba bag, scrubba wash bag, wash

Scrubba wash bag to donate up to $15,000 to water projects

by Ashley Newland |

From now until 26 June 2014, the team at the Scrubba wash bag will donate up to $15,000 to charity: water to build the infrastructure required to plumb a water system for a school in Bangladesh.  The project will provide an on-going supply of clean and safe drinking water for around 750 people as well as vital training in water and sanitation hygiene.

You can help us reach the target simply by liking us on Facebook and encouraging your friends to do the same.  For each new like (we are starting the campaign at 19,849 likes), the team at the Scrubba wash bag will donate $1.00 towards the project.

For the last 2 years, the Scrubba wash bag (aka the world's first pocket-sized washing machine) has helped travelers all around the world travel lighter and cleaner.  The Scrubba wash bag team are also committed to helping those in need, particularly those without access to one the most basic and vital human needs: clean drinking water and sanitation.

This donation of up to $15,000 is the first of many large donations we plan to make in the coming years”, managing director Ash Newland said. “We have selected charity: water for this donation as they offer a great level of transparency and reporting.  We think it is important that our supporters can see exactly what project they helped fund and in most cases even look up the location with GPS coordinates”.

The video below shows what difference access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities can make to children at school.  Clean drinking water and sanitation also saves lives and improves health, which are vital in countries such as Bangladesh where:

  • 16% of the population lack access to water
  • 42% of the population lack access to sanitation
  • 31.5% of the population live below poverty line

 

Help us reach our target, like us on Facebook and spread word about this campaign.

 

 

Tags: bag, bangladesh, charity, charity; water, donate, facebook, help, laundry, like, portable washing machine