Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) is a global leader in developing, manufacturing and distributing evaporative or hybrid cooling and ice thermal storage products. The availability of clean water is critical to the safe operation of sustainable evaporative cooling equipment. BAC is engaged in making sure that clean and safe water is available to people worldwide, as it is essential to human development.

Just a Drop partnered with Baltimore Aircoil Company on World Water Day, 22 March 2018, to bring safe water and sanitation to communities worldwide. In 2019, Baltimore Aircoil Company will support the 23,000 people who use Zzinga Health Centre in Uganda with safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. 

Zzinga Health Centre, Uganda

Baltimore Aircoil Company is supporting Just a Drop to provide safe water and sanitation for 23,000 people who use the Zzinga Health Centre in Uganda. Located on a remote, difficult to reach island, it's the only health centre in the area and is often packed. However, the centre currently lacks proper water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. There isn't enough water for everyone's drinking and washing needs, and there is only one small toilet block used by both staff and patients. 

With BAC's support, Just a Drop will deliver a 30,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank, a 14 stance toilet block, and an incinerator for the proper disposal of medical waste. We will provide hygiene and sanitation training, and training in how to operate and maintain the facilities. Safe water will be available across the centre at all times, and sanitation and hygiene will improve. Staff will be able to offer higher care, essential services will improve, and all patients will experience significant benefits to health, well-being and dignity.

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Mothers with their children outside the antenatal clinic at Zzinga Health Centre, Uganda

Throughout 2018, Balitmore Aircoil Company’s employees engaged in raising funds to support Just a Drop to bring much needed safe water to 1,324 people across India, Kenya and Nicaragua. BAC supported 303 children at Kyeni Primary School in Kenya with a rainwater harvesting tank and hygiene education, 201 people in the remote El Roblar community in Nicaragua with a piped water system, and 820 people in Kudo Village, India, through a comprehensive safe water and sanitation programme.

Kyeni Primary School, Kenya

In Kenya, thanks to support from BAC, Just a Drop has brought safe water and hygiene education to 303 children at Kyeni Primary School. Prior to having water at the school, children were forced to drink dirty water from a river 3km away and were frequently sick, meaning they missed out on their schooling, impacting their education. A rain water harvesting tank and hygiene education will now lead to long-term good health. 

Christine, a pupil at Kyeni Primary School

We are facing a major challenge in terms of accessing water, sometimes we are required to go out and fetch water from an earth dam. We spend many hours fetching water in the evening and it is affecting my performance in class. Some of us bring some brownish coloured water and you find pupils drinking it when it’s hot and we are thirsty.

- Christine, 12, a student at Kyeni Primary

Children at Kyeni Primary School celebrate their new school rainwater harvesting tank, June 2018

    

Kudo Village, India

Kudo village has 820 inhabitants, who previously shared four water pumps with a very low water yield. Existing toilets in the community were incorrectly designed and weren't used, and hygiene was poor. Malaria and stomach illnesses were very common, particularly among the young.

Just a Drop has provided a comprehensive solution, including a piped water system to each household, which has transformed the village – each individual will has access to clean and safe water and hygiene standards have improved hugely.

Read the interim project report here 

Read the final project report here

I was always worried about both of my daughters as we have to go outside for defecation, most of the time we all had to go either in the early morning or late evening/night. With our new latrine at home now, Just a Drop also addressed an issue on which we, the women of the village, did not talk with anyone about, menstrual problems that arise due to lack of awareness. Me and my daughters have now been trained and now we have started to talk about these issues

- Antia Bai, 45

Community members, Kudo Village, India

El Roblar, Nicaragua

BAC's third project with Just a Drop benefitted the 201 people living in El Roblar, located 8km south of the town of Camoapa, in Nicaragua. It used to take around an hour and a half for families to fetch water, a trip they had to make between four to five times each day. The water often became contaminated when it was carried back.

Just a Drop has installed a piped water system which will bring safe water directly to individual homes. The community will now be healthier and long-term economic opportunities will improve.

Read the interim report here