S4x24 Charity:Water Campaign

The S4 community has made a big difference in past years providing $64K in funding for water systems in villages in Uganda and Seirra Leone. We set a goal of $20K for the S4x24 charity:water campaign to bring basic water infrastructure to more villages lacking safe, clean, drinkable water. The early donations and additional vendors who have joined the campaign have us hoping that we blow through that goal and double it by raising $40K. Here’s how you can get involved and help.

Donate (and have it doubled or tripled)

Dale Peterson is matching, dollar for dollar the first $15K donated in this campaign. Kutoa, a new OT security product and services company, has graciously decided to match the first $5K of donations S4x24 week, beginning March 3rd. Your donation will be doubled or tripled and have help even more families have access to clean, drinkable water.

The Jerry Can Challenge

Many people in developing countries use Jerry Cans to haul and store their drinking water. The standard five-gallon Jerry Can weighs about 40 pounds when full.

It’s your turn on Wednesday morning at Loews, and Wednesday afternoon at the Cabana Sessions. Carry a full Jerry Can over the less than quarter-mile course, and we will donate $40 to charity:water. ($1 per pound).

Millions of people around the world spend hours each day with one strapped securely on their backs, held tightly to their hips or balanced on top of their heads.

It accompanies them on long walks to a water source; for women in Sub-Saharan Africa, this is at least a three-hour ordeal. Many families use just one five-gallon Jerry can each day. 

The water systems you help fund will eliminate the need for this regular and arduous journey to get water (that is often not clean). 

Xylem Watermark Bingo

This program, generously funded by Xylem, will do two things. One, it will help preserve our water supply where we live through easy and common sense actions. And two, it will help raise money for charity:water to build water systems for those who have no clean water to preserve.

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.

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 we donate will be used to build clean water projects, and when they’re complete, charity: water sends us details and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped.

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.

S4 Charity:Water Campaign Funded Projects in Uganda

All money raised in the S4 campaigns goes to the water systems. Charity:water raises money separately to pay for their administrative and operational expenses. The money has been used to put in or repair wells in 7 villages in Uganda, see below, and work is in progress in Sierra Leone.

These seven wells with handpumps for villages in Uganda were implemented by charity:water’s local partner Welthungerhilfe. Charity:water relies 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.