Water is one of the six Rudiments of successful development. The others are nutrition, sanitation, health, education and vocation. TGUP has just completed installing a water filtration system at an orphanage in Cambodia. It produces WHO-standard clean water for not just the orphanage, but for a nearby school and for other residents in the village.
Three years ago, we dug a water well for the residents of a small village in Malawi. The well made possible a second crop, or a doubling of the calories for all of the 5,000 residents of the village. It cost $12.500. That means that over the 10-year expected life of the well, it cost $.25 (25 cents) per person per year to double the calories available to all of the people in the village.
In Kenya, we installed a water collection and drip irrigation system at a school near Nanyuki. We collect water from the roof of a classroom at Gakawa school and store it in a 1,500 liter water tank. It’s then metered out to the crops one drop at a time. We have achieved 500% increases in crop yields. Cabbages that were the size of softballs are now the size of basketballs.
We have also completed water projects in Nepal, Ecuador, South Africa, and other countries. In all cases they give life, and a better chance in life for the recipients. They typically cost little, but release enormous human energy in the communities where they are installed. Thank you to those who have supported them!