Clean Water for Everyone Closes Seed Round, Launches Aggressive Infrastructure Expansion in Ghana

October 24, 2015 – New York, NY – Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE), a growing social enterprise, closed an undisclosed seed round of funding. Funding will be used to expand CWFE water and sanitation business in Ghana. The expansion includes major revenue generating infrastructure and human capital investments. The Gates Foundation estimates global demand for financing water and sanitation to be over $12 billion.

Over 3,000 children die annually from poor water sources and toilets in Ghana. CWFE addresses the lack of affordable access to water and sanitation for Ghanaian schools that would otherwise have no access to these basic needs. While Ghana has made important strides in this area, an estimated 13% of the country’s population (over 3 million people) still lacks decent access to clean water, while 27% (over 7 million) lacks access to decent sanitation.

“We want to transform the global water and sanitation crisis into economic opportunities.” said Abbey Wemimo, CEO. For Ghana, CWFE introduced a business model that is revenue generating and affords a strong value proposition for our customers. CWFE will offer debt financing for capital-intensive water and sanitation infrastructure in schools.

Additionally, CWFE has tested its value proposition through a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action in Kasoa, Ghana. This project, which was initiated in 2014, supplies clean water and suitable sanitation to 150 students enrolled at the Mummy Educational Institute. This project is functional and generating revenue.

“We are revolutionizing the way clean water and sanitation is provided.” For more information, visit www.cwfe.org

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Clean Water for Everyone has successfully secured funding for its first Zimbabwe project.

Great news! You helped raise $12,840 for clean water and proper sanitation at Empandeni Girls Mission School in Zimbabwe!

NEW YORK – October 20, 2014 – CWFE is pleased to announce that it has raised $7,840 on the Indiegogo fundraising platform to help finance an exciting new investment project in Zimbabwe. The overall budget for the project is $11,700, and a late donor contribution of $5,000 means that CWFE has now raised a total of $12,840. CWFE will now complete the following tasks using the funds that have been raised:

  1. Agree and sign off on contractual obligations with Empandeni Mission School.
  2. Implement and follow a similar investment model to the one used at Mummy’s Educational Institute (see Link).
  3. Begin construction planning and implementation by late November.
  4. Utilize local engineers and community workers to bring the project to fruition in January 2015.
  5. Publish the results of the investment project in 2015.
  6. Continue monitoring and evaluation of the project to ensure that the new facilities function optimally.

On behalf of the Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE) team, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your financial support. Your generosity will help to improve the lives of Empandeni’s students.

CWFE’s CEO selected for a “Young Africans Committed To Excellence (YACE) Award”

NEW YORK – July 10, 2014 – Clean Water for Everyone’s Chief Executive Officer, Abbey Wemimo, has been honored with a “Face2Face Africa Young African Committed to Excellence (YACE) Award.” Abbey was one of six outstanding finalists for the prize: the group included promising entrepreneurs, diplomats and engineers who possess the talent and drive to become part of the next generation of African leaders who will shape the future of their home continent.

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Face2Face Africa is an ambitious, forward-looking, fast-growing media group with a diverse range of expertise and interests. The company serves a technologically interconnected generation of young people across the world that have a shared ancestry in Africa. Leveraging the talents and technological know-how of this generation, the company provides its audience with intelligent discourse and entertaining content across a wide range of platforms.

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The mission of the pan-African (F2FA) Weekend is to highlight and celebrate those individuals who are transforming Africa in this century. As part of this mission, Face2face Africa searched far and wide to find six of the brightest, most inspiring, and most promising young pan-African professionals who are already making notable impacts in African affairs. F2FA Weekend, also known as The Pan-African Weekend, is one of the most prestigious annual gatherings of people of African heritage in the United States.

Clean Water for Everyone completes its newest project at Mummy’s Educational Institute in Kasoa, Ghana

Summary
NEW YORK – June 20, 2014 – We are thrilled to announce that Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE) has invested in sustainable water and sanitation infrastructure at Mummy Educational Institute, situated in Kasoa, Ghana. This project supplies clean water and suitable sanitation to 150 students currently at the school, and positively impacts the lives of an estimated 600 people in the community. We would like to thank our donors, supporters, volunteers, and Mummy’s Educational Institute for their involvement.

Before CWFE intervened
Before Clean Water for Everyone launched this new investment, the children attending Mummy’s Educational Institute often collected water from a nearby lake for consumption purposes. Those students who chose to avoid the polluted lake would purchase expensive water packaged in plastic sachets. Sachets added to the district’s long standing pollution problem due to improper disposal practices.

A healthier future
CWFE, along with its 22-member team of Ghanaian contractors, has installed two 8,000-liter tanks that provide clean water for 150 students. We have also installed four septic toilets and two urinal systems under the supervision of our full-time monitoring and evaluations director.

Following the installation of the water and sanitation infrastructure, CWFE held a celebration with the school’s students that was attended by members of the wider community. Water stations were placed inside and outside of Mummy’s Educational Institute for community members to access. The success of the Kasoa project would not have been possible without CWFE’s numerous contributors. CWFE looks forward to impacting the lives of more students in the near future.

Successful Project in Lagos, Nigeria

by Hadeel Suliman

As of May 2013, Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE) completed the execution of its latest project mission in Nigeria. CWFE founder Abbey Wemimo flew to his home country as project leader, through social entrepreneurship student organization Enactus at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

The location selected for the project was Bonjeh Schools, situated in Okokomaiko (PPL) Ojo Local Government Area in Lagos, Nigeria. This year, the non-profit organization chose a theme for the project centered on water, sanitation and education.

“Our themes for the work in Lagos, Nigeria, this year were water, sanitation, and education and Enactus took several steps in order to bring this work to fruition,” says Wemimo.

Initially, a 1,600 gallon water system was installed as planned by the organization. This meant that clean water access will be provided to over 1,000 students in the school along with an added 15,500 residents who will have indirect impact in the surrounding local community.

Providing access to clean water without proper sanitation techniques defeats the purpose of the project ,Wemimo adds. Hence, the team helped renovate three toilet facilities and built two more in the school. The renovation process provided new toilet bowls in addition to running water and a tiled flow to avoid stagnation of water. This in turn will eradicate the culture of dangerous bacteria from forming and polluting the water facilities.

As for the education portion of the project, CWFE negotiated a one-year scholarship for 30 students in Bonjeh schools to help foster a long-term reciprocal relationship between both parties while benefiting the youth in the school. The average annual school fee per student is $190, given that the school year is divided into three terms. The owners of the school and its principal have agreed on investing $5700 in scholarship money, with CWFE paying 19%, or $1300 per student. As a result, $7000 was invested, and the scholarship selection procedure began. The process was highly competitive as students were required to submit an essay, letter of recommendation, their academic records and a resumé. Over 1000 applications were received of which 30 were carefully selected, based on the quality of their essay, granting them a one full-year scholarship.

Clean Water for Everyone not only provided students of Bonjeh Schools access to clean water, but also rendered proper sanitation installations, an education scholarship to 30 deserving students and fostered a lasting connection with the school. This project mission would not have been a possibility without the boundless support of the University of Minnesota, Crookston Enactus team, the Crookston community and generous donations from people across the United States.

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