Before We Give Water
Before We Give Water funded the installation of eWATERservices taps, there were many issues villagers encountered while trying to get clean water. Systems that were donated in the past and not maintained would break down anywhere from six months to two years after installation.
Without access to a water tap, villagers were getting water from open wells. Open wells carry significant amounts of bacteria that can lead to health problems.
Another issue was taps that were locked and only open at certain times of day. Water wasn't available when it was needed.
Today, We Give Water is proud to have raised over $55,000 for water systems in The Gambia. These systems provide clean and sustainable water to roughly 20,000 people.
2018 was the start of our We Give Water journey. We filled out the necessary paperwork needed to start a non-profit and started fundraising. By the end of the year we had just under $5,000.
2019 was a big year for We Give Water. We reached our first goal of $20,000 for the installation in Wellingaraba, The Gambia. Our coach Rick Robertson, was able to fly to The Gambia, meet with the eWATERservices team and help install the new water system. Our donations continued to flow in and by the end of the year we were able to sponsor another installation in Ndemban.
2020 was the year part of the team was supposed to go over and see how the tap systems were doing. Unfortunately, COVID-19 threw a wrench in our plan. Instead, our team worked on fundraising and sharing our story with others. By December, we had raised enough money to fund a borehole and four taps in the village of Damati.
2021 was another year of working hard and raising money. We were contacted through eWATERservices by a secondary school in Wellingara Ba that was looking to get a tap system installed. We were able to raise the $10,000 needed to pay for the installation.
2022 was the year that our team was waiting for. Three members traveled to The Gambia to see the results of our hard work. Will Robertson, Gavin Trosclair and Elizabeth Robertson went over to meet with the eWATERservices team and visit villages for ten days in April. Just before the team left for Africa we were able to fund two more taps in Wellingara Ba.