Little Rock, AR -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/26/2014 -- Drop in the Bucket, a nonprofit organization that digs wells for schools in Africa, is supplying desperately needed soap to overcrowded refugee camps in South Sudan and Northern Uganda to prevent the spread of dysentery and other deadly diseases.
The group has already started delivering the first of 100,000 bars (1,000 cases) of soap to the camps and seeks to raise $40,000 immediately to fund the project.
Due to a lack of sanitary facilities and supplies in the camps, meeting the immediate need for soap for hand-washing could help avert a humanitarian disaster by reducing the spread of dysentery or other serious diseases like cholera and typhoid, the organization said.
Drop in the Bucket has launched a new website about the crisis at:
Many non-government organizations (NGOs) are working in relief in South Sudan and northern Uganda, including Action Africa, Oxfam, Save the Children, World Vision International, CARE, the Danish Refugee Council, the International Medical Corps and Doctors Without Borders.
Drop in the Bucket because of its local networks and resources is uniquely positioned to buy and transport soap to the camps.
Drop’s founders, Los Angeles music and television producers John and Stacey Travis, started Drop in the Bucket in 2006 to provide clean water and sanitation to schools in sub-Saharan Africa, where water-borne diseases are common. Drop has organized and funded the construction of more than 200 wells serving schools and communities in Uganda and South Sudan. Local community organizations are involved in the construction and have an investment in the maintenance of the systems.
In addition to clean drinking water from deep wells, Drop in the Bucket also provides sanitary facilities with a uniquely designed flush toilet, and thus avoids many of the problems associated with pit toilets that are common across sub-Saharan Africa.
About Drop in the Bucket
Drop In The Bucket is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It believes clean water is a basic human right that must be met in order to help people break the cycle of poverty. Its mission is to build wells and sanitation systems at schools throughout sub-Saharan Africa, enabling youth to fully harness the life-changing power of an education.It further seeks to provide schools and communities with the tools they need to improve child health, increase school enrollment rates, and promote gender equality.