At PureDrops, we want to live in a world where everyone has access to clean drinking water.
Since 2011, we have been donating water filters to people without access to clean drinking water in rural areas around the world. After successful missions in Indonesia and Guatemala, we - eight SIM16 students (University of St. Gallen) - are looking to strengthen the impact in Uganda which was established as a new target from last year's generation.
Consequently, this year we continue the fruitful partnership with the social enterprise “Spouts of Water” - a producer of ceramic water filters in Kampala, Uganda. In February 2020, our team will travel to Uganda to support Spouts’ operations and to hand out ceramic water filters to communities in need.
We invite you to support us on our mission to provide people who are most in need with access to clean drinking water.
Who are we?
PureDrops is a young not-for-profit organization founded by master students of the University of St. Gallen, as part of their Master's Degree of Strategy and International Management . This year, our team is comprised of eight students: Katharina from Germany, Iris from the Netherlands, Lena from Germany, Tomás from Argentina, Lefteris from Greece, Stefan from Switzerland, David from Germany, and Yves from Switzerland
What is our mission & vision?
Our mission: We are a team of socially-conscious students who strive to provide people most in need with access to clean drinking water. We want to do so in the most efficient and effective way possible, in order to improve their health, education, and disposable income.
Our vision: We want to live in a world where everyone has access to clean drinking water.
What do we do?
Remote regions in underdeveloped and developing countries are in desperate need for clean water, as governments are capable of just providing the necessary infrastructures and financing to communities in large cities. That is why PureDrops aims at equipping exactly these underprivileged communities with the tools and knowledge necessary to provide themselves with clean water.
We do so by partnering up with local social enterprises, which make use of the open-sourced ceramic water filter technology . We aim to solve local water-crises through three pillars. First, we raise funding in order to buy and distribute water filters to communities that are most in need of clean drinking water. Second, we help our local partner to scale up their business - and make a bigger social impact - through market research and operational consulting. Third, we aim to increase the awareness of the importance of clean drinking water by providing workshops to local schools and community centers.
Who will we work with this year?
This year, we continue and strengthen the partnership with Spouts of Water ("Spouts"). Spouts is a social business located in Rubaga, Uganda. Spouts aims to provide safe water access through the distribution of Purifaaya, a ceramic water filter which they manufacture locally at their site close to Kampala. Spouts produces two types of water filters, the Purifaaaya and the Purifaaya XL. The Purifaaya lasts 2 years and costs 25 USD (approx. 25 CHF), making it the most affordable solution to safe water access in Uganda households. Purifayaa XL costs 83 USD (approx. 83 CHF) and serves schools and refugee camps with water for their populations.
Spouts’ business model is based on price discrimination such that wealthier clients pay more in order for Spouts to be able to subsidize the poorer clients. To date, 120,000 Ugandans have been provided access to clean drinking water through the Purifaaya filters.
What is the problem?
Half of the population in Uganda - that is, 22 million - does not have access to safe water. Children and adults often have to rely on swamps and boreholes for their water. This situation translates into thousands of children being sick and at risk of death every year. Diarrhea alone, one of three major childhood killers in Uganda, kills 33 children every day. Cholera, typhoid and hepatitis outbreaks caused by unsafe water force the closure of schools. At the same time, children are often unable to attend classes due to their precarious health. All those factors hamper their cognitive development and opportunity to have a better future. In addition, the task of sourcing water is usually performed by women and girls, leading to a high level of gender inequality with regards to obtaining education and professional skills.
On the other hand, little emphasis has been attributed to ensuring that families in Uganda have a sufficient understanding of the importance of clean drinking water. It is therefore of crucial importance that the distribution of filters be accompanied with sufficient education to ensure proper use of the filters and understanding of their importance. In this sense, our purpose is not only to “providing filters to X number of families” but also to ensure that filters are adequately used.
How can you support us?
Crowdfunding donations will be used to buy and distribute the clean drinking water filters to schools and communities most in need. By contributing to our project you can thus make a direct long-term sustainable impact on the lives of many Ugandans!
Tomás, Iris, Katharina, Lena, Yves, Lefteris, David, and Stefan
We will be actively sharing our project on our social media channels. We invite you to follow our journey on:
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