For the first time, Give2Asia's blog will begin featuring exciting new projects in Asia that are currently in need of support.
Please read the brief project descriptions below and follow the links to learn more about each initiative and how you can get involved.
PROJECT: ACCESSIBLE TOILETS FOR NEEDY PEOPLE
Gramalaya has launched this initiative to bring improved sanitation and education systems to rural areas of Tamil Nadu in South India. Census data indicates that only 30.7% of rural households in India have access to toilets, resulting in various health issues such as high child mortality rates and a prevalence of open defecation.
Gramalaya, a local nonprofit established in 1987, will be able to provide up to 10,000 households with SMART toilets which are designed to be socially, culturally, economically, and environmentally sound. This project will ease the plight of disadvantaged groups, particularly Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people, previously without access to proper sanitation. For more information please click here.
PROJECT: 1001FONTAINES WATER KIOSKS
1001fontaines will establish self-sustaining water kiosks within disadvantaged communities in rural Cambodia. This nonprofit has operated in Cambodia since 2005, where 90% of poor households live in rural areas and 6.3 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. 1001fontaines builds water treatment kiosks that are managed as local social enterprises. Target beneficiaries are farmers, fishermen, landless people or women and children in the village. These families live on $60-80 per month.
Over the next three years, 1001fontaines aims to set up 60 additional water kiosks in Cambodia. For more information please click here.
PROJECT: SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INDIGENOUS YOUTHS
The Tao Foundation is reviving this scholarship program for indigenous youths on the island of Mindanao. The indigenous and rural poor youth of Agusan del Sur are born into marginalized and economically depressed communities, but education affords them a clear opportunity to become agents of positive change in their communities.
The Tao Foundation will select 20 indigenous and rural poor youths to help them begin or continue a college education at schools in Agusan del Sur. For more information please click here.