This is an update on how the funds from the Berkeley Crowdfunding page have been used and how it has helped us stop thousands of fecal pathogens from being spread in Kigali’s slums and much more!
In June of 2015 Berkeley Water Group helped raise a grand total of $4,484.00 for our trusted partner Pivot Works (pivotworks.com) from 42 fabulous contributors. Since then one of our team members, Rachel Sklar, a recent graduate student from the School of Public Health, has been out in the field carrying out the project and using the Berkeley Crowdfunding donations.
Prior to Pivot’s intervention, when pit latrines fill up most families either sealed them and constructed a new one, or hired manual emptiers to excavate the pit and dump its contents into the environment – an illegal practice.
With the funds contributed, Pivot replaced street clothes and shovels with head-to-toe personal protective equipment and mechanical emptying devices (E-Vacs) for the emptying teams. The money raised was also used to construct a transfer station to serve as a holding tank for fecal sludge. And now, instead of dumping the fecal sludge into the environment, the emptiers pump the sludge into into barrels that are collected and emptied at our transfer station.
We cannot thank everyone that that backed our project enough for every penny. Your actions truly make a difference so, THANK YOU!
To read more about the project and Pivot Fuels’ latest work on sourcing fecal sludge from informal communities visit: http://pivotworks.co/updates/.
BWG Crowdfunding Team