Sip Tea with a Purpose in March

  • March 1, 2018
  • valerie
Newborn baby and mother at the Nyarugusu Dispensary in Tanzania.

Esther Elias and her newborn baby at Nyarugusu Dispensary, Nyarugusu, Geita District, Tanzania, September 2017. WaterAid/Sam Vox

As tea lovers, we believe a delicious cup of tea should start with fresh, pure water.

For the 844 million people worldwide who do not have access to a clean water source, it’s not as easy as turning on the tap. That’s why we’ve partnered with WaterAid for the last six years in March to support their mission of bringing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to everyone, everywhere.

For every box of tea you purchase on our website in March, we’ll donate 20¢ to WaterAid. Your tea purchase contributes to special projects, like building water systems, latrines, and training to communities in need, or to larger scale legislation change within local governments. To start your own fundraiser or make a contribution directly, head to WaterAid’s website and donate today. Just $25 can bring one person a sustainable and clean water source.

March 22nd is World Water Day, a day devoted to recognizing the importance of water and directing our attention to the global water crisis. Each year we honor World Water Day by participating in WaterAid’s #Blue4Water campaign. Join us in wearing blue on March 22nd to spread awareness of the essential need of clean water for everyone. Share photos of yourself, your co-workers, your friends and family, or even your pets, wearing blue on social media and use the tag #Blue4Water to be a part of the conversation.

Protecting vulnerable populations from preventable disease and death caused by lack of clean water, sanitation, and hygiene is at the core of WaterAid’s mission. The organization is currently in the midst of a four-year project in Africa focusing on maternal, newborn, and child mortality. WaterAid is working to implement long-term solutions in villages where facilities providing maternal and general health services are operating under challenging conditions, often with limited or no access to clean water and sub-par sterilization and hygiene practices. With WaterAid’s efforts, clinics like the Kiomboi Hospital in Tanzania now have piped water, water storage tanks, a renovated waiting room, and a new incinerator for the safe disposal of medical waste. Read more about the Kiomboi project.

Girls carry water from the closest water source to Nyarugusu Dispensary, a 15 minute drive away from the facility.

Girls carry water away from a privately owned shallow well on the edge of Nyarugusu. This is the closest water source to Nyarugusu Dispensary, a 15-min drive away; the well runs low in the dry season and is subject to contamination in the rainy season. Nyarugusu, Geita District, Tanzania, September 2017. WaterAid/Sam Vox

Slated for completion in Spring 2018, WaterAid is working in Tanzania to bring piped water systems, latrines, hygiene training, and more to 12 health centers in the Geita region. Only 32 percent of health care facilities in Tanzania have access to clean water and 34 percent don’t even have handwashing facilities. Highlighted is the Nyarugusu Dispensary, in the Geita District where families of laboring mothers are asked to bring water, soap, and clean sheets to help supply the facility and for use during their stay. Only two beds are available for new mothers and their babies to rest. Clean water is carried in by the bucket-full from far away water sources to wash newborns, hydrate new mothers, clean rooms, sheets, and equipment.

Mwanjaa Hamisi washes sheets and cloth at Nyarugusu Dispensary.

Mwanjaa Hamisi washes plastic sheets and kanga cloths outside Nyarugusu Dispensary where her sister has just given birth. Nyarugusu, Geita District, Tanzania, September 2017. WaterAid/Sam Vox

After completion of this project, facilities like the Nyarugusu Dispensary will gain piped water systems, water storage containers, latrines, and more to ensure safe and hygienic births in a clean facility.

Water vendor delivers cartload of water from miles away to Nyarugusu Dispensary.

Joseph Enock, a water vendor who delivers water collected from a borehole an hour away to the Nyarugusu Dispensary, Geita District, Tanzania, September 2017. WaterAid/Sam Vox

In addition to the initiatives in place for Tanzania and throughout Africa, WaterAid has operations around the world supporting community projects and working to change policies and practices to ensure water, hygiene, and sanitation’s role in reducing poverty is recognized. We hope you’ll join us in support of this important cause and organization this March. Shop teas today.

 

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