On March 1st I had the pleasure of being a during dinner speaker for A Drink for Tomorrow which is a college chapter at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The speech was on climate change and water.
A Drink for Tomorrow is a great project supported by university students that is educating thousands of people about the problems around the lack of access to water and sanitation in the developing world. They have been giving talks to toddlers in mom's groups to kindergartners at summer church camps to high school students at Youth Groups, Interact Club meetings, and Model United Nations events. Rotary Clubs and college students have raised money to bring clean drinking water to people who had none.
A Drink for Tomorrow have also been raising funds for particular projects helping over 13000 people in eight countries and 26 communities They have funded drilling new wells to well rehabilitation, from installing toilets, sinks, and septic tanks to the construction of latrines and rainwater harvesting tanks. Their latest projects are in Peru. If you want to see the challenges of water and climate change in Peru then i recommend the Guardian video by their environment correspondent John Vidal who points out in this region of Peru there have already been 5000 water conflicts with 50 in violent protests.
Kyle Villemain and Cate Parker are the two amazing co-Presidents of A Drink for Tomorrow and if you want to support the work of ADFT then email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a primary school, EOUM Fidel Esteban Rodas, in the community of Justo Rufino Barrios in Guatemala. Prior to the project there was only one faucet for every 120 students. ADFT funded the construction of 16 wall faucets and a rain catchment tank. The "lavamanos" are large enough for our Peace Corps volunteer to teach hygiene classes!