Clean Water for Gashora, Rwanda

$7,049 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 35 months
Gashora is a beautiful village situated next to Lake Rumira in Rwanda. As the sun sets, moonlight glistens over the lake, creating the most serene landscape I have ever experienced. When the sun rises, however, it's go time. During my 6am morning run, I would see mothers and children, as young as 5 years old, walking or biking to the lake to fetch their daily water, yellow "jerry-cans" in hand. Everyone has to travel nearly a mile for maybe five gallons of water. And dirty water, at that. Contaminated with livestock feces, manganese, and schistosomiasis. 

How can you help? Why is this GoFundMe page set up? 

We have the solution, but we are short on funds. The Gashora Health Clinic has a high class water filtration unit on site. It has the potential to give the entire village access to clean water. However, it is currently only connected to rain water. That means that Gashora has safe drinking water only two months out of the year. 

Our Plan: Dig a trench from Lake Rumira to the Gashora Health Clinic. Lay pipes in the trench. Install solar powered pumps near the lake to pump the water to the Clinic. It's really this simple.

But we need help. We need the funds to pay for the pipes. Everything else is done. The trench has been dug. The solar panels have arived and been cleaned. The village is ready. They are counting on us to finish the project that has been started. They are counting on us to give them clean drinking water. 

Watch this video of Penn Athletic's Coach Kerry Carr and Erica Higa's experiences in Rwanda to learn more.

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We have water!

Read a blog post from Penn Engineering about our work here:

Watch a video from Penn Athletics Media here:

Thank you, once again, for all of your support in this project! We are thrilled about the support that this will give to the Gashora Health Center in the care for their patients.
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To all of our supporters - THANK YOU!!

Thanks to you, we were able to complete the water pipeline project, delivering a steady supply of water to the Gashora Health Center! When we left Gashora in early June, water was flowing through the pipes and up to the 5000L storage tank at the Health Center. The men in Gashora and the children in the community were the real all-stars of the project. They took the reigns and now own the project. Monthly check-ins with our team allow us to stay connected and provide assistance if problems arise.

It was an incredible few weeks - full of new friendships, hard work, and lots of learning! To see more, check out our team's photo gallery here:

Or the Penn Women's Soccer blog, here:

While this campaign is now closed to donations, we encourage you to continue supporting the Gashora community and Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology by donating to the Rwanda Girls Initiative, here:
Construction team!
5000L storage tank behind Health Center
Two 24V solar panels power the pump
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To all of our incredible supporters, families and friends:

Thank you so much for your support of this project. Between our GoFundMe campaign and donations from Penn Engineering, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, and the Marjorie and Dine Glasgow Foundation, we have raised the funds to complete our clean water project in Gashora, Rwanda!! Without your support, Facebook shares and donations, we could not have reached this point.

In 53 days, our ten students and two faculty members from Penn Engineering will be on our way to Rwanda! We will be completing this project along with a few other ICT projects in the community.

We look forward to sharing the finished product with you. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to any of our team members if you would like to learn more!

Thank you again for your incredible support. We hope to make you proud and even more so, bring clean water to Gashora!

Erica Higa and the RGP 2017 team
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Thank you for all of your continued support. We have raised nearly $5000 since the start of this semester! Will you help us reach our goal of $20,000 by March 12th?

Consider donating in support of one of our team members. Meet Princess!

Hi everyone! My name is Princess Aghayere. I am currently a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Health and Societies with a minor in Medical Sociology. During the school year I am heavily involved in different organizations that promote diversity and culture. Some of those clubs include Penn African Student Association, Nigerians at Penn and the Black Student League. I am also involved in Penn athletics and play a forward on the Women’s basketball team. Last summer I was blessed with the incredible opportunity to visit Rwanda with Penn Hillel moral voice. Visiting a local boarding school in Rwanda definitely changed my life. It not only reshaped my perspective but allowed me to form relationships with wonderful people that I still talk to today. I am especially interested in global health and was driven to apply to this program for this reason. I would like to help create sustainable programs that aid Gashora.

I believe that the primary reason that I am so invested in global health is because of my west African origin. My family and I immigrated to the United States in 2005 from Nigeria. Assimilating to America was both difficult and enjoyable. I am happy to have immigrated but I know that I still have a responsibility to return to Nigeria and make an Impact. I am looking forward to our service learning trip to Gashora and hope that you will consider donating to help us get there. Thank you!
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Raised by 73 people in 35 months
Created September 16, 2016
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John Di Paolo
26 months ago
Margie & Dick Harper
27 months ago

Kristen, here's another donation. Good luck to all of you going to Gashora. Proud of you helping others. Love, Nana & Papa

Arthur Boyd
29 months ago

Hey Erica, Keira and Kristen, We are so proud of what you will be doing this summer. What a great experience you will have using your smarts, energy and passion to help others. We look forward to hearing about your experience! all the best, Art & Griet Boyd-Dehandschutter

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29 months ago
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29 months ago

Good Luck Maddi!

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