Clean Water for Everyone

Project Updates

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.

About Face2Face Africa
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.

About Pan-African Weekend
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.

CWFE INVITED TO CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE UNIVERSITY

Photd with Pres. Clinton

New York University Robert F. Wagner Story on Clean Water for Everyone:

“Clean Water for Everyone, a nonprofit organization founded and led by NYU Wagner’s Wemimo S. Abbey, has been invited to attend theClinton Global Initiative University meeting March 21-23 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

The meeting will bring together more than 1,000 student innovators like Abbey who have made commitments to action in: education; environment and climate change; peace and human rights; poverty alleviation; and public health. He will have the opportunity to attend plenary sessions, working sessions, and other special events devoted to these five focus areas, and to build networks, skills, and potential partnerships.

Abbey (as he likes to be called) is working at Wagner toward his MPA. Through Clean Water for Everyone, he has been working to provide access to clean and affordable water supply in developing nations. The nonprofit organization’s social venture project in Ghana currently addresses issues of sanitation, sustainability, and women empowerment.”

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What We Did With Your Contribution

Clean water for everyone.

On behalf of Clean Water for Everyone, I would like to thank you sincerely for your contribution to the winter 2014 project. Because of your support, Clean Water for Everyone was able to provide access to clean water for over 21,700 more people.

The administration at Learn Fast Comprehensive Academy was very enthusiastic about our project, and agreed to a contract, which requires them to provide maintenance for the infrastructure. Thanks to your donation, the school and community members now have free access to clean water, 21 students will receive a scholarship for a full academic year of tuition, and the school, now has toilets and running water for the bathrooms.

During our time there, we were also able to partner with the Society of Family Health (the largest non-profit in Nigeria) and Joyful Joy Foundation in hosting a malaria and HIV testing. Over 350 people were in attendance. Those who came were offered testing, and those diagnosed with malaria were given medicine. Those diagnosed with HIV were offered counseling. Prevention and early detection are a key part of the fight to decrease the spread of illness.

We deeply appreciate your support. Access to clean water is a fundamental part of every child’s life. The use of clean water decreases the risks of contracting and spreading water borne illness. With your continued support, we hope to make a greater impact in our upcoming projects.

Sincerely,

The Clean Water for Everyone Team

CEO ABBEY WEMIMO SPOKE AT UN CHILDREN’S DAY WITH TALK ON GLOBAL WATER SCARCITY

Abbey Wemimo

New York University Robert F. Wagner Story on CEO Abbey:

“First-year NYU Wagner student Wemimo Abbey participated in a youth leadership forum entitled “Youth Leadership Perspectives on Challenges of the World’s Children” on the occasion of the United Nations’ Children Day on November 20.

The event was held by the Peace Island Institute(PII) in New York.

Abbey, founder of Clean Water for Everyone, mentioned a huge problem — the limited access to clean water by an estimated 2 billion people around the world. His organization works to address the shortage at hundreds of schools in Nigeria.

Ambassador Carlos Gonzalez, Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations, delivered the day’s main address. Concerning his own participation, Abbey commented later, “It was humbling.”

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SUCCESSFUL PRESENTATION BY CEO ABBEY AT UNESCO

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Abbey’s UN presentation to the First Ladies of Africa highlighted the “fully solvable” problem of little and limited access to clean water in many developing countries.

After offering the First Ladies a succinct definition of the problem, Abbey (as he likes to be called) sketched a brief history of the Clean Water for Everyone organization, of which he is CEO. He spoke about its methodology of relying on “water agents” in local communities, and spoke to its success in providing access to clean water for over 25,000 people in four countries so far.

He detailed “our audacious future plans to provide access to clean water for millions in schools around the world.”

The presentation seemed to strike a chord in the attentive listeners.

“I hope I effectively convinced the First Ladies that the new generation of African youth are not just talking about the problems in Africa, but we are contributing our humble quota to impact lives in Africa and around the world,” Abbey said, summing up the experience.

“It’s my fifth week at Wagner but I am loving it already,” he added.

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Abbey Wemimo UN Presentation

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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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UMC Press Release for Bonjeh School

After a visit to his home country of Nigeria in May, 2013 graduate Abbey Wemimo reports the completion of another Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE) project through the student organization, Enactus at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The completion of a project in the Bonjeh schools situated in Okokomaiko (PPL) Ojo Local Government Area in Lagos, Nigeria, is part of ongoing work in that country to provide clean water.

“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 Abbey, who spearheaded the effort.

A 1600-gallon water system was installed providing access to water to more than 1,000 school students coupled with another 15,500 from the surrounding community receiving indirect benefit. They also renovated three toilet facilities and built two additional ones. Along with the work for increased access to clean water and sanitation, a reciprocal relationship with the school has resulted in one-year scholarships for 30 students in Bonjeh school. The average annual (three terms) school fees per student is $190. After a negotiation process with the principal and owners of the school, they agreed to award 30 Bonjeh School students one-year full scholarship.

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Old Well

Bonjeh School Children

Bonjeh School - New Well

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Proposed project in Nepal

Clean Water for Everyone Project in Mustang, Nepal

The project will be executed in a small village named Mustang, in the Mountains of Nepal. As a result of poor government facilitation and tough land topography, people there do not have easy access to water. They have to commute several miles to the river on foot to get water. Even the school does not have access to water.

Proposed project in Nepal

The school which is a learning temple to about 60 students and the whole village of population about 1,000 is in extreme need of clean drinking water. Thus, the goal of this project is to build a tap at the school and at the community center of the village, so the villagers and the students can get access to drinking water rather than walking several miles just to get water.

This particular village is the center for 11 neighboring villages and a route for people whom visit Mustang for several reasons. So, if a tap is built in a school and in a community center this may impact 60 students, 1,000 village residents, and 1,000 outsiders which will total in serving clean drinking water to about 2,060 people approximately. The project will cost approximately $3000 which will include all the cost including labor cost and supplies.

Because of poor government facilitation and tough land topography, people there do not have easy access to water. They have to commute several miles to the river on foot to get water. Even the school does not have access to water. This project will provide clean water closer to their home, thus saving lots of time and effort. The improvement in the tap structure and the water connecting system through pipeline connecting the river and the village will be targeted. It will impact the economy, the status, integrity, and the 2,060 people associated with it.

Proposed project in Ojo, Nigeria

Nigeria

The next clean water for everyone project will be implemented in Lagos, Nigeria Ojo local government. This project will be implemented in Bonjeh schools were clean water is absolutely needed.

Bonjeh Schools

Bonje School is situated in Okokomaiko area in Ojo local government in Nigeria. A school of 1000 students, they currently use a well that is contaminated and a bad toilet where in most cases student practice open defecation. The students also have no access to clean water after their lab sessions which can be a huge detriment to their health if their hands are not properly washed after experiments with chemicals.

Solution: Water

The past three months, we have been planning and working with the principal of the school to remedy these pressing issues. After a series of planning and the help of a local consultant, we plan to install a borehole system that will provide access to clean water that would also be available for use in the student labs.

Solution: Toilets

We also plan to help build a solid infrastructure that would house new toilets for the students of Bonje schools. This project will not only restore the dignity of the students as they have a private space and cleaner sanitation system but help reduce water illnesses.

Education

In an effort to ensure a reciprocal relationship with the school, we ask Bonjeh schools to fund 5-10 students scholarships to help pay for their education. This scholarship will be awarded to need based students that have demonstrated strong academic abilities, community service, and burning passion to advocate for clean water and proper sanitation.

Economic Benefit

Installing this water system will increase the value of Bonjeh School because of the new infrastructure provided. The school can then improve on the school with the revenue generated from school fees and other student fees. Students and their parents would also spend less time and money going to the
hospital but can invest their discretionary income in the local economy or even start a small business.