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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.
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
Imagine turning on the tap and having clean water pour out. For approximately 748 million people, this seemingly rudimentary concept remains an imaginary one. Clean drinking water, the most basic and vital necessity to human survival, remains out of reach for many communities around the world.
Unsafe water is one of the leading causes of death and disease around the world and 90% of water-related deaths occur in children under 5 years of age. According to the World Health Organization, improving water hygiene alone can prevent over 3.6% of the world’s disease burden.
In communities where clean water is scarce, women and children often have to travel great distances on foot to fetch water from safe wells, often carrying heavy drums full for miles. Preoccupied with the daily burden of finding clean, safe water, women and children are unable to contribute to other aspects of society or access education, further preventing communities from thriving.
When clean water becomes accessible to a community, everything changes. Better crops are produced, reducing famine, women become more involved in the community, the local economy grows, education for children improves and the overall health of the community improves significantly. The community prospers.
The Scrubba wash bag team and Calibre8 Pty Ltd are committed to helping provide access to clean water globally. To date, our teams, along with your support, have donated a total of USD25,000 to charity: water and we continue to contribute. Our donations so far have provided a clean water system for a school in Bangladesh and currently are funding a project in Ethiopia.
Since 2006, charity: water’s work has successfully funded 13,644 water projects in 22 different countries, improving the living conditions and lives of an estimated 4,600,000 people. Click here to learn about just a few of their stories.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Videos can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and the link sent to email@example.com.
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.