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 2020, Baltimore Aircoil Company will support 338 people across 2 communities in India and Nicaragua. Ensuring that they have access to essential safe, clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. 

In India, there is a huge need for a water and hygiene solution in the village of Shahpura. With the support of BAC, Just a Drop will provide a comprehensive solution, with each household having a sustainable supply of safe water. We will also provide new latrines and rehabilitate existing ones, backed up by effective hygiene education.

The area around Shahpura village has a history of frequent droughts, leading to drinking water shortages for the community, the animals in the community and the community’s crops. Currently, the community rely on an open well on a neighbouring farm’s land, where the water is unsafe to drink due to its lack of cover as illustrated here. The well isn’t even that close to the village. The entire population has to walk to collect water, but  it often falls on women and girls to spend 3-5 hours to collect drinking water and also water for used for household activities.

This means that girls are kept away from school for this task and there is a risk of them encountering violence when they walk alone. The water makes people ill and in the village, the levels of hygiene are very low, compounding the situation. Overall, this lack of access to safe water is really holding the community back.

With BAC's support, this will change. Just a Drop will work closely with the community to drill a 300 feet deep well, giving the community access to safe water and also focus on improving the hygiene of the community. We will provide 2 families with model toilets with bathrooms as benchmarks for the rest of the villages and rehabilitate 25 existing government toilets which are not being used. Where we have used a similar model before in India, we have seen 95% of the population replicate such toilets, taking up government grants to do so.

We'll also refurbish the the school sanitation blocks, provide water to the school and build a hand-washing platform. 

Alongside our hygiene education programme, this project will ensure that this community is transformed for years to come.

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In the village of El Chaparral in Nicaragua, the community use dirty water on a daily basis. Just a Drop will utilise a well to provide safe water through a piped water system, ensuring that every person in the village has a supply of safe water, with huge benefits.

The residents of El Chaparral are mainly subsistence farmers, growing corn, beans, and sesame. Many of the women raise animals such as pigs and chickens and some have small gardens for growing tomatoes and peppers. An average family lives on about $115 a month in this community. Houses there are made of adobe or brick with tile or zinc sheet roofs and the floors are dirt. The water situation in the village is fairly bleak. There are two existing wells, but the water there is contaminated, in one, the water is yellow coloured. The community drink this water, leading as would be expected to high incidences of illness.

Further, people, mainly women, spend hours each day fetching this water from the wells to their homes 11 trips in the morning and 5 in the afternoon, so a great deal of time is being wasted.

With the support of the BAC, Just a Drop will look to utilise a well that was recently drilled at the community and was seen to have good quality water. Using this, we will install an electric pump to take the water to a concrete tank of 11 cubic metres and from there, a 7km pipeline will be constructed, taking the water from the tank to each individual household in the village and to the school each household will get their water through a tap in their backyard.

Alongside the education that we will provide to the community, this project will ensure that the community have clean, safe water for years to come. 

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Last year (2019) BAC also kindly supported some of Just a Drop's work in Uganda, ensuring that thousands of people across the world have been able to access safe, clean water.

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 lacked proper water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and there wasn't enough water for everyone's drinking and washing needs, and there was only one small toilet block used by both staff and patients. 

With BAC's support, Just a Drop is working hard to install a 30,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank, a 14 stance toilet block, and an incinerator for the proper disposal of medical waste. Safe water will soon 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.

We have already provided hygiene and sanitation training, and training in how to operate and maintain the facilities.

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. 

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.

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, 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.

We spent 9 years without water in our home, and we had to walk more than a kilometre away to carry four buckets of water - every day. The situation was more difficult during the rainy season when carrying the water on foot, as rain helped form mud on the paths. We were in danger of breaking a foot while carrying the water. Now with this new project, our problems have disappeared. We are very happy and grateful, because now we have the water in our own home and we have time to do other things for the community

- José

It was a pleasure to welcome 3 people from Baltimore Aircoil Company in Nicaragua to meet the community they supported