CLEAN WATER FOR AFRICA
"The need for clean water in Togo can seem overwhelming, but by working with Clean Water for Africa we have now provided clean drinking water wells to thousands of people that were previously walking great distances to fetch water from polluted streams."
Kossi Koudahenu, Yoto River Waterkeeper
CLEAN WATER FOR AFRICA AT A GLANCE
Five years ago Hartwell Carson, the French Broad Riverkeeper and founder of Clean Water for Africa, met Yoto River Waterkeeper Kossi Koudahenu at a conference in Togo. After hearing about the challenges Kossi faced trying to provide clean drinking water to the thousands of people that lived along his river, Hartwell and his partner Teela Waggoner started fundraising for the people in need along the Yoto River, with the hope that they would raise enough money to build one $12,000 drinking water well for a small village a few hours north of the capital of Lomé. They made their goal, with over 50 donations, and set sights on doing the same thing the following years.
In the last four years they have raised over $75,000, all of which has been sent to our Riverkeeper friends in Togo, on Lake Kyogo in Uganda and on Lake Victoria in Kenya. With that money Clean Water for Africa has funded the building of four wells in Togo, one well in Uganda, and the construction of a wooden patrol boat on Lake Kyogo. They were also able to purchase water quality testing equipment for the Lake Kyogo Waterkeeper and Lake Victoria Waterkeeper in Kenya.