OUR MISSION STATEMENT:

To save lives through sustainable clean water and equitable educational opportunities.

OUR VISION:

To provide children and adults living in poverty with:
- Sustainable clean water, healthy sanitation, and hygiene practices
- High-quality and equitable educational opportunities

HOW WE WORK
We select impoverished and underserved communities where we spend months listening to women, men, and children. We learn from them, seeking to understand what they perceive as the problem, its root-causes, and long-term solutions. We create teams made up of young and adults from the village or community to collect and analyze real-time data together. We rely on scientific evidence to create together innovative and culturally tailored projects which they monitor, evaluate, and sustain themselves. In brief, we empower local populations, which enhances local buy-in and fosters ownership of the project by the entire community.
WHY SUSTAINABLE CLEAN WATER & HEALTHY SANITATION?
  • According to the World Bank (2015), 350 million people lack
  • 115 people in Africa die every hour from diseases linked to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, and contaminated water.
  • African women and children spend 40 billion hours a year walking to fetch water from unclean water sources such as ponds, rivers, etc.
  • Access to clean water in the village gives women and children more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school, which will ultimately help them break the cycle of poverty.
  • Clean water and proper toilets at school and throughout the village means more time in school, especially for girls.
  • Contaminated water can transmit diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio.
  • Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 485 000 diarrhoeal deaths each year.
  • The World Bank estimates that water-related illnesses kill more African children under age five than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.
  • WHY WE FOCUS ON EQUITY IN EDUCATION?
  • Of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion: an estimated 54.6 million African children of primary and secondary school age did not attend school in 2015 (World Bank, 2018)
  • 60% of children between the ages of 15 and 17 are not in school; nine (9) million girls between the ages of 6 and 11 will never go to school compared to 6 million boys (World Bank, 2018).
  • According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2016), one in every three children, adolescents and youth in sub-Saharan Africa, one in every three are out of school. Fewer than 10 percent of children with disabilities in Africa attend school (World Bank, 2018)
  • Many students with disabilities never enroll in school or drop out prematurely.
  • The lack of inclusive education policies and programs: lack of screening for disabilities, policies to guarantee that every child with and without a disability is provided with a free and appropriate education.
  • OUR TEAM

  • Darius Coulibaly, Ph.D. Founder & Chief Servant
  • Yeo Lamine, Field Agent, ETP-Poverty Lab, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
  • Kass, Field Agent, ETP-Poverty Lab, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
  • Kolo, Drissavogo Water Project Manager, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
  • Awa, Drissavogo WASH Coordinator, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
  • Assiatou, Drissavogo WASH Instructor, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
  • Yeo, Drissavogo Water WASH Instructor, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
  • Gnelegue Julienne, CPA-Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
  • Jean Louis Eboi, Ubuntu Mentoring Program Coordinator, USA
  • Adams, Chief Financial Officer-USA
  • Fougatrigue, Board member
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