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The Scrubba wash bag team (Calibre8 Pty Ltd) is dedicated to taking part in providing clean water for communities in need. In June 2014 we donated USD15,000 towards a clean water system for a school in Bangladesh and, with the support of our fans, were more recently we donated another USD10,000 to charity: water in support of a clean water project in Ethiopia. Below is a message from charity: water in show of appreciation for our efforts and most recent contribution.
Water changes everything. Preventable waterborne diseases are drastically reduced. Long walks to muddy ponds and rivers are no longer necessary. Time spent collecting water goes down, which gives women a chance to earn an income and children a chance at a better education. Clean water offers improved health, a higher quality of life and hope for a better future.
Thank you for your $10,000.00 donation!
- the charity: water team
100% of your donation will directly fund water project costs in the field.
The Scrubba wash bag - a product that gives to those in need
The Scrubba wash bag is a device that makes travel easier. Whether this is the ability to get a machine quality wash in the outback when you are hiking or camping or the ability to pack less clothing and avoid excess luggage fees and hotel laundry costs when on holidays, you can rest assured that your investment in the Scrubba wash bag will also help those in need. We have now funded 2 entire water projects that collectively will provide on-going safe drinking water for thousands of people. This is just the start. We plan to continue funding new projects and help those in need access one of the most basic human needs - clean and safe drinking water.
On behalf of the team at the Scrubba wash bag, I thank you for your support.
Founder of the Scrubba wash bag
Following our USD15,000 donation to charity: water in June to plumb a school water system in Bangladesh, we are gearing up to fund a USD10,000 well project in Ethiopia.
We plan to donate up to USD10,000 to charity: water by the end of December 2014 to fund the Ethiopian well project and you can help us hit this target without even opening up your wallet.
Here is what we will donate for your actions:
USD1.00 - If you like us on Facebook*
USD20.00 - If you send us a photo of you using the Scrubba wash bag on your travels or at home**
USD75.00 - If you send us a video reviewing the Scrubba wash bag or showing all the steps**
Photos can be posted to our Facebook page or sent to email@example.com. Videos can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and the link sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The situation in Ethiopia
In the last few decades, Ethiopia has faced fierce famine, drought, political instability and war. Peace has returned but the nation remains developmentally weak and more than 50 million Ethiopians don't have access to safe water. Most rural families survive on less than five liters of water per day and walk up to four hours to collect it from open sources.
This charity: water project will involve the construction of new drilled wells in the Tigray region. These deep wells typically supply more water than hand-dug wells, but the projects are more expensive as they require heavy equipment, fuel and larger teams of skilled technicians. The well project we are looking to fund will provide an on-going supply of safe water to around 250 people in the region.
*Facebook likes are calculated by the number of new Scrubba Facebook page likes. This promotion started with 25,900 likes.
**By sending us a photo or video link you are providing us with the right to reproduce the photo or video on our website, the website of our collaborators or on marketing materials.
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.