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S4 Has Raised $64K for Charity:Water

Many of us have no idea what it’s like to be thirsty. We have plenty of water to drink — even the water in our toilets is clean! But many people around the world don’t have that luxury. Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The ICS community understands the importance of critical infrastructure and what automation can bring to the delivery of key services like power, transportation and … water. It is amazing what a difference basic water systems can make to a village that doesn’t have ready access to clean water. The money raised at S4x19, x20, the cancelled x21, and the postponed x22 has provided clean water to villages in Uganda. 

S4x22 Campaign

I regret to write that the S4 team dropped the ball with the S4x22 charity:water campaign and only raised $5,500. The Covid uncertainty and scrambling we had to do with the late postponement to April of the event led to us not giving this campaign as much attention and promotion as in past years. We will work hard to come back strong with a S4x23 campaign. We are very grateful for S4 community members who donated to the campaign.

S4x19 Projects

The money raised at S4x19 is in the field providing clean water today in two Ugandan villages.

The S4x19 donors helped fund two wells with a handpump for villages in Uganda, implemented by charity:water’s local partner Welthungerhilfe. We rely on the expertise of local partners like Welthungerhilfe to choose the best solution for each unique situation. In this case, Welthungerhilfe’s thorough understanding of how to implement effective, sustainable water projects in their area led them to choose a well with a handpump.

Wells access subsurface aquifers, which are better protected from microbial contamination than surface water and provide a more reliable supply of water during dry seasons and droughts. Construction begins with studies to identify the most suitable location. Once a location is selected and the aquifer is reached, the well is lined, disinfected, tested, and fitted with a handpump to bring water to the surface.

Along with implementing water projects, our local partners also facilitate sanitation and hygiene initiatives to help promote everyone’s long-term health. These initiatives are often championed by community members themselves, who work hard to create positive change within their community.

Clean water means education, income, and health—especially for women and girls.

S4x20 and S4x21 Projects

The $31K raised in these campaigns is also being used to create and maintain water wells in small Ugandan villages. Like many efforts, Covid delayed the process of getting these projects completed. They are back underway, and we hope to have information on the systems and GPS coordinates for the wells prior to S4x22.

Here is more information about the different types of water systems charity:water deploys and how they fund their operations. One important fact is all of the money raised in the S4 campaigns goes to the water systems. Charity:water raises money separately to pay for their administrative and operational expenses.

Many of us have no idea what it’s like to be thirsty. We have plenty of water to drink — even the water in our toilets is clean! But many people around the world don’t have that luxury. Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world. 100% of the money will be used to build clean water projects, and when they’re complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped.