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Next week I’m taking rap star and fundraiser BangBang and his manager to Bangladesh. They’ll see for themselves – and show their fans – where his hard-earned money has gone and what kind of impact access to clean drinking water can have on a local community. We’ll also be visiting possible new partners and project sites, which the Fighting For Water campaign could support next.

Akvo’s field partner for these projects is Bangladesh Association for Social Advancement (BASA). BASA has two projects in Akvo, assisted by its support partner, WASTE. Both projects got funded through the Akvo system.

Ecological Sanitation in Schools, aims at replacing old and inadequate sanitation facilities with new toilet blocks at primary schools in Gazipur, Bangladesh. The project attracted funding from the Dutch bathroom company, Plieger. In the video above you can see the footage I shot recently on site at the school, plus an interview with the principal who explains why it’s so important the children have proper sanitation facilities. The youtube version is here. The toilet blocks are being built right now, and you can follow progress in real-time on the project page.

The second project site is in a slum in Gazipur. This is the project BangBang and his fans have made possible, and will provide clean drinking water for the local communities. The project has just started and should be in full-flow by the time we are there. In this video you can see where they plan to start drilling and how they will build the various distribution points. For the youtube version please click here.

BangBang’s kick-box fundraising event in February generated enough funds to provide 700 people with clean drinking water. I’m hoping that once he begins to share progress online with fans and other boxers and musicians, everyone will be able to raise more money and reach out to help these kids.

You can on the collage below for more photos from my recent time there.

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Luuk Diphoorn is project coordinator for Akvo