Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. is on a MISSION to connect Cleveland to Uganda through water.
Drink Local Drink Tap., Inc. (DLDT) is an organization led by a native Northeast Ohioan who rows, sails, kayaks, and loves local water. Erin Huber, executive director of DLDT, is empowering kids and communities to Make Waves from Cleveland to Uganda.
DLDT is on a mission to creatively reconnect people with water through film, photography, art, education, adopting beaches, and volunteering. We inspire Great Lakes and fresh water communities to use water in more sustainable ways and share water wealth across the globe.
Our water conversation starts with drinking water. We ALL drink water, so it makes sense to start reconnecting the globe to water at the level of the individual. Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. uses creative education, engagement, and empowerment to connect each person to their local water sources. At the same time, we strive to raise awareness of the issues of water both at home and around the globe.
MAKING WAVES FROM CLEVELAND TO UGANDA
In a series of art, film and spring outreach events spanning from World Water Day 2011/2012 we reached over 200,000 Great Lakers with one message:
Drink Local. Drink Tap. AND GIVE BACK.
GIVING BACK, our group has brought together: BNE Water Foundation, Parker PR, Affinity Consultants, Inc., St. Bonaventure Primary School in Mulajji, Village (rural) Uganda, Africa (in the Luwerro District), Our Lady of the Lake School in Euclid, Metro Catholic Parish School in Cleveland, John Hay High School in Cleveland, Citizens Leadership Academy in Cleveland, North Olmsted High School in Ohio, Woodbury Elementary (Shaker Heights), Shaker Middle School, the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers, TEAM HOPE, Race Across America 2011 and 2012, filmmakers, artists, photographers, David Christof, Katie Spotz and the Blue Planet Network to raise the funds and awareness needed to provide safe water access for hundreds of children and the surrounding community in Mulajji Village, Uganda.
Although we are lucky to have plenty of safe drinking water in the US, too many students in rural Uganda are not so fortunate. Coming back from 30 days in Africa for project planning and filming in July 2011, we learned students and most of the community have never flushed a toilet, seen a tap, or even a lake. Students have to walk a minimum of 2.5 miles in the “non-dry” season and 4.5 miles during the dry season for water. This happens DAILY before school starts (6am) and in the evening at (6pm) 10 months per year.
The lack of sanitary and available water forces students to miss school due to: time spent gathering water, time and kerosene spent boiling water (when they can-but it doesn’t happen often), typhoid, e. coli, dehydration, or other diseases, and young girls miss school monthly because of the inability to wash properly.
If this isn’t enough, many of the children are orphaned from parents who died in war or from HIV/AIDS. The school is only able to care for some of these children; the surrounding rural community helps to house the remaining children daily. Some of the children have HIV, most have no shoes, most do not eat breakfast or lunch, there are a handful of books and desks, and most cannot afford the 1,000,000 shillings it costs to go to the high school. This situation is dire and unimaginable to most of us.
We cannot solve every problem in Uganda or the world, but we CAN SHARE WATER.
WHY THIS PLACE?
So, why hasn’t anyone helped St. Bonaventure Primary School with safe water access? That’s a GOOD QUESTION and we have some educated on the ground guesses-but we didn’t sit around waiting for an answer. These children needed safer access to water, so we designed a project, started a water committee, and got the job done. We started developing this project on African ground July of 2010 and had some interesting initial findings. We learned that:
- Some projects are “too small” for big organizations like Africare or Unicef to fund;
- Areas of certain countries remain forgotten about by governments in Africa, especially the rural areas;
- The safe drinking water that 1.1 BILLION people are in need of is one of the most inexpensive problems of our time to solve;
- There are not enough efficient NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to make it all happen.
We asked ourselves, what should we do? The answer was to build capacity, relationships and funds in the United States and drill a borehole to create opportunity and increase the quality of life for this rural school and community and then tell the world about it through film.
The unique impact of the making waves project| making the movie
Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc., LESS Productions, Inc. and eLbee Studio is telling the story of how we built this project from the GROUND UP. No well-building NGOs and no messy government corruption-just a few groups of people who have come together for something BIGGER than themselves. We are telling the story of the sacrifice, sweat and tears it took to build this project from the ground up through moving picture. It will not only help St. Bonaventure Primary School and our active partners~it can empower, inspire and encourage other people in the world to DO THE VERY SAME THING.
We have documented the global water problem via film and photography during a 5 week journey in July of 2011 to East Africa and a 40 day trip summer 2012 to Uganda. This part of the documentary will be used to tell the story of the actual people we are helping, the story of the barriers to survival and progress the people of Mulajji Village, Uganda, and explain parts of East African struggles in the 2010s.
See the teaser trailer HERE
We completed the physical borehole component of the project by June 2012 creating new water access on the property of St. Bonaventure primary School in rural Uganda (40 miles or 2-3 hours north of Kampala). We plan to share the movie with the world through film festivals , television, our Wavemaker Program with schools, and online.
What we need
Continued funding to work on the next phases of our new and existing projects in East Africa. New plans will be launching soon as soon as we finalize budgets with our contractors. We are accepting financial support now.
$50,000 PHASE 1 includes: Initial film costs and initial water access installation-COMPLETE!
$30,000+ PHASE 2 includes: Editing our footage and completing the movie- COMPLETE!
*Any additional funds raised will be directed to our next East African water access projects and/or additional movie distribution and/or DLDT operations.
Donate Direct ONLINE: HERE
For more information, please contact: Erin Huber firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is already helping?
Team Hope has partnered with us and entered the RAAM Race in June of 2011 and 2012 to help raise awareness and funds
Organizations donating direct:
$10,000+ Platinum Level Sponsors (2012 borehole)
The George Gund Foundation (2011 film grant)
Affinity Consultants, Inc. (borehole)
Elbee Studio (borehole and movie)
LESS Productions, Inc.
Ms. Emily Baunach
Parker PR (borehole)
Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Associations (students and staff)
Cleveland State University African Student Association
Our Lady of the Lake School in Euclid, Ohio (4th,7th, and 8th grade)
North Olmsted High School SITE Program students
Citizens Leadership Academy
Metro Parish Catholic School
Beth O’Kain, Great Lakes Row for Uganda
Rocky River Presbyterian Woman’s Club
DOWNLOADABLE PROJECT DOCUMENTS
Water Testing Certificate from St. Bonaventure Primary School Borehole June 2012