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How can I support WTW? There are many ways to help and support to fundraising; Make a donation online at Order a Limited Edition print from the online gallery leave a legacy to WTW A world thirsty for water justice The world's water supply is unfairly divided. In Canada we have a limitless supply of water to drink, to bath in, wash our dishes and water our gardens. It is also guaranteed clean and safe. For many in the world however turning on a tap and watching it pour clear clean water is simply a pipe dream. Millions of people are often many miles away from a source of water. Right now as you read this, millions of women and children, are searching for and carrying water, because there is no water supply where they live. Clean water - the key to health It is inconceivable to us living in Canada that the water we drink and in which we wash would be anything but clean and safe. Yet an estimated 10 people die every minute from contaminated water. The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of all sickness and disease in developing countries is due to unsafe water. In many countries surface water and water found in streams and lakes is deadly. It is home to all sorts of parasites and illnesses which kill millions of children worldwide and cause lives of misery to many more. In Canada and other western countries we are fortunate that we have had the money to build sewers and water treatment plants to ensure safe water and high levels of hygiene. Water access - millions go without Two decades ago less than half the people of the developing world had access to safe, clean water. Now more than two-thirds have access to it. While this is substantial progress, it means that nearly 4 billion people are still denied this most fundamental resource. Water will aid in reducing global poverty: WTW has identified partners and other organizations who are working to halve the number of people in poverty around the world by 2015. WTW fully believes that an immediate and sustainable supply of water is the basis to enabling people to move beyond poverty. The recent Wateraid study, 'Looking Back: the long term impacts of water and sanitation projects', on projects completed in the last 10 years recorded that water supply and sanitation interventions can have significant and often unexpected positive impacts on people's lives and the deprivation they experience. It provides evidence to argue that improvements in access to water and sanitation should form the cornerstone of any poverty reduction strategy. It also argues that involving community members in assessments of their own projects is essential if the true impacts are to be appreciated and if projects are to be designed to optimize the potential benefits in the future. Water in short supply - who gets it? It is estimated that a third of all the world's countries will soon be permanently short of water. Yet in many countries with a shortage of water the rich fill their swimming pools and have their golf courses watered while the poor struggle to get any water at all. And to make it worse, in many cities the rich get their water cheaply while the poor have to pay a much higher price for their miserably small allowance. Big industrial or agricultural businesses often ruin people's water supply in the pursuit of profit by using water which could otherwise be used for local people's needs or by polluting their water supply. In 1992 the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day For Water. The World Day for Water this year is being celebrated under the theme Groundwater: the invisible resource. Groundwater can be also called subsurface water, to be distinguished from surface water that occurs, for instance, in rivers and lakes. Indeed, invisible water is present under every point of the land surface, though not always in a quantity, a form and at a depth suitable for withdrawal and use. Sub-surface water can fill the pores of the ground material; it can be bound to solids or present in chemical combinations with minerals. Surface water and groundwater - always on the move Sub-surface water is an essential part of the hydrological cycle it is this water that is used by the roots of vegetation that directly, or as food for animals, feeds humankind. On the other hand, surface water and groundwater are linked and are always on the move with greater speed over the ground and far slower underground ­ water being exchanged continuously between surface and groundwater. A part of the rain falling on the ground infiltrates, and a part penetrates deeper into the ground. It can also rise against the force of gravity, pumped by roots or by the capillary rise. Groundwater reservoirs (aquifers) can feed rivers; at other times, rivers feed aquifers. Groundwater input can become surface water, being in fact the only water flowing in a river following a long period of absence of rain. Indeed, during norain, low-flow periods in rivers, invisible groundwater comes to the surface and becomes visible. We can also see it when withdrawing water from a well. Global fresh water supplies According to the "Comprehensive Assessment of the Freshwater Resources of the World", published by WMO in 1997 on behalf of the agencies that participated in its preparation, the total volume of water on the globe consists of saline water which forms 97.5%, and fresh water, which represents only 2.5%. Fresh groundwater is estimated to make up as much as 99% of all liquid fresh water resources of the world, the remaining 1% being water stored in lakes and reservoirs and flowing in rivers. These properties explain the words of Leonardo da Vinci: "Very great rivers flow underground". The majority of the total groundwater of the globe is saline, only some 45% being fresh. Even so, groundwater may be more valuable than surface water for several reasons. It is usually a stable supply source, as it does not react to droughts as fast as surface water. It has been stored underground, in a natural way and does not require the construction of large storage reservoirs. In some places, and particularly in arid regions, groundwater has been for millennia the principal source of supply. Countries such as Bahrain, Djibouti, Kuwait and Qatar do not have streamflow resources at all and their only fresh water is groundwater. Countries such as Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have greater groundwater resources than streamflow resources. This is also the case in a large number of small island countries such as in the Caribbean and Pacific regions. In more humid climates, groundwater is usually one of the possible sources of fresh water. In areas with abundant surface fresh water resources, groundwater starts to be considered for use only after most of the surface water resources have been allocated. In some cases, groundwater resources are also exploited in semi-arid or arid regions within countries with otherwise abundant water resources such as in Brazil, Mexico and the USA. Groundwater versus surface water People tend to use resources according to the extent of complexity with which those resources are exploited. This implies that the first priority in the withdrawal of fresh water is given to surface water where this is available. When surface water becomes difficult to obtain, the second priority might be given to local groundwater. Inter basin transfer, desalination and recycling are also options. In most cases, withdrawal of groundwater requires the drilling of tube wells, the installation of a pump unit and the provision of continuous running costs which cover operation and maintenance. The initial and running costs of withdrawal of groundwater is generally higher than surface water. Furthermore, in some areas, the very nature of the ground, with low porosity and permeability, does not allow a significant well yield to be reached. Water as a source of conflict Groundwater is not only invisible, it is also often a trans boundary resource which is not necessarily produced in the same locality at which it is abstracted. Water which infiltrates the soil surface in the upstream of a catchment might end up far away below ground downstream. This situation has caused conflicts in many parts of the world; the fact that groundwater is invisible makes it difficult to establish the boundaries of the aquifers and thus resolve the differences. Increasing demands worldwide A sixfold increase of global water use between 1900 and 1995 has been observed, being twice that of global population growth. The continuing high population growth with consequences for food production and justified aspirations of nations and individuals towards better living conditions will undoubtedly cause the demand for water to grow further. Excessive withdrawal or mining of groundwater is therefore non sustainable, as it deprives future generations of the possibility of using that resource.
WTW’s strategic fundraising partners are ZaRuby and Zamage Digital Art Imaging Inc. Zamage is undertaking creating and marketing a series of exclusive artworks whereby significant portion from the proceeds will be donated to the Water The World Foundation. What percentage of money given to WTW is spent on administration, fundraising and publicity? As a charity, we have a duty to keep our administration, fundraising and publicity costs as low as possible.  The projected use of proceeds of WTW total income is: 75% will go to equipment purchase, installation, maintenance and training10% on administration and 15% is to be spent on fundraising and publicity. Read More…
Clean and pure water solutions: WTW has established relationships with companies that manufacture "Turn Key" commercial volume atmospheric water generating systems that will produce, bottle and store from 560 to 3,350 gallons of pure clean water a day from the air. The systems can be powered by available electricity or diesel powered generators. Each system will have a back up electric generator. One of the undertakings of WTW is to have the diesel fuel donated by multi-national oil companies. The IncubatorFund is funding development to produce commercially viable solar powered mobile water generating systems. Water The World Goals and Objectives: The goal of WTW is to install one Water Atmospheric Water Generator per quarter in the target countries: Africa and Asia. The major programs are made up of three countries in Asia (Bangladesh, India and Nepal) and nine countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Ghana and Nigeria).  WTW will focus its programs where there are the largest numbers of poor people without access to safe water. While there are many poor people in Central and South America, WTW will concentrate on one country at a time in order to maximize the impact of our work. By the fourth quarter of 2007, WTW will choose a country in Asia to start the pilot project in order to gain experience and work out all of the logistics. The plan is that by January 2008, a decision can be made whether to proceed with a fully-fledged African based program. IncubatorFund is committed to providing the capital required to design and develop high volume atmospheric water generators (AWG) for the Water the World Foundation. WTW will select a atmospheric water generator manufactures that will adapt the AWG technology and design complete commercial volume water generating and storage systems. Design objectives: *A gallon a day for every, child, woman and man in a village of 2,000 people. *Rugged and dependable designed to operate in harsh environments *The design criteria is to utilize components with dependable and proven reliability, easy to service and operate under extreme conditions. *Daily water output with an average humidity of 45% is 2,000 gallons a day of pure, clean water. That equates to 60,000 gallon a month and 720,000 gallon per year. *The goal of WTW is to develop high volume solar powered AWG. *Supply and adapt other Water systems and filtration devises The complete and installed AWG system target price is $150,000. To raise funds for a system, WTW will approach individuals, Banks (HSBC) corporations and sell 6 units at $25,000 each. WTW will also go after multi-national oil companies to donate the water and electricity to power the systems. WTW will attract a distinguished Board of Directors and advisors, through our Global philanthropic network. To garner public awareness and build credibility, the WTW will engender relationships with high profile celebrities from the music, and film industries. Realizing the vision Over the last 50 years, enormous gains have been made in the provision of clean water throughout the developing world. Infant mortality has been halved and twice as many people have access to safe drinking water compared to 30 years ago. There have been accomplishments, but the problem is extensive and much remains to be done. · WTW is committed to addressing the vital need for safe water head on. It aims to increase its impact both directly on the ground through its partner organizations, and indirectly by influencing others and promoting best practice in the field. · WTW aims above all to be honest, accountable, effective, innovative and flexible. As a proactive organization, it is constantly evolving. An emphasis on research, analysis, evaluation and dissemination is vital to WTW’s future.  · WTW relies on every member of the team – partners, donors, staff, volunteers and Trustees. It is only when all parties work together that we can realize our shared vision of a world in which everyone has access to safe water. How does Water The World work? WTW will work through local partner organizations to help local communities build and maintain the infrastructure for the water projects.  Local partners will identify projects and programs, which will be assessed by WTW to ensure that all projects integrate the water supply to the local community. An assessment is made of both the technical viability and the commitment of the benefiting community. WTW is principally a development agency, working with communities on long-term solutions. However, WTW endeavors to respond in places where it works to natural disasters and other emergencies, where it can make a useful contribution, especially in protecting or restoring vital water services for poor people. Accountability: The only people who will handle WTW money are the Country Representatives, who account monthly to WTW's Head of Finance and Administration. The organization has to report back to WTW and provide a suitable account of money spent and work completed. These are then reviewed on further visits by staff or advisers before new work is supported and further money released. WTW's accounts are audited each year, without a fee, by a leading firm of accountants. How does WTW ensure that completed projects do not fall into disuse? WTW cannot guarantee that no project will fail, but the way in which the projects will be organized greatly reduces this risk. The involvement of communities in all stages of the project - from planning and construction through to maintenance - encourages a sense of community ownership and responsibility. The technology used is relatively simple thereby minimizing any dependence on complicated machinery or scarce fuel. All projects have an associated training programs running parallel with the construction work, which will include elements on the maintenance of equipment. The regular journeys made by WTW's Country Representatives, in-country staff and Canadian staff will provide information on the subsequent progress of completed projects, allowing steps to be taken should any problems arise. Government Funding WTW will apply for grants supported by the Canadian, American and UK Governments and the European Union through their separate matching grants schemes. WTW will establish relationships with governments that extend beyond a funding relationship. The mission of WTW, is to be recognized as one of the leading international non-government organizations in this sector. WTW will work with and collaborate with non-government organizations on the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, one of the main international groupings of government and professional people working in the global drinking water sector. WTW will work with government, private sector companies, and non-government organizations to achieve a reduction by 50% of the number of people without access to water and sanitation by 2015. Strategic Relationships: WTW has a relationship the worlds leading supplier and manufactures atmospheric water production. WTW will engender strategic relationships to work in cooperation with a wide-range of organizations coordinated through WTW's country programs. Several other countries have established specialist water industry supported agencies. In the United States - Water for People, in Canada - WaterCan and in New Zealand Water for Survival. One of the main underpinnings of WTW's philosophy is that community participation and self-help are essential elements of all of our work. We will work in partnership not in isolation. Fundraising
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