The vision of a giving program was in the forefront of our minds when we started our company, Santevia Water Systems. While at a conference in Thailand, we visited an orphanage and fell in love with the kids. We discovered that this orphanage desperately needed funding and that birthed the idea of Santevia Gives Back, our philanthropy program that gives 10% of profits to help others, including the House of Faith orphanage in Thailand.
Santevia Gives Back has expanded our philanthropy to include funding two orphanages in Thailand, a school in the slums of Khulna, Bangladesh, water projects in Africa and Haiti, an orphanage farming project in Indonesia and a number of healthy living projects in our local community.
Giving is a core value at Santevia and is more than just part of our mission statement–it’s part of who we are.
Learn more about some of the people we help support:
House of Hope & House of Faith Orphanages in Thailand
As the principal benefactor for these orphanages, we help provide food, shelter and schooling for 40-45 wonderful orphans. We visit the orphanages annually to meet the children and the dedicated people who care for them. Our goal is for the orphanages to be self-sustaining in 10 years through agriculture and micro businesses.
Roslin Orphanage in Indonesia
With the goal of helping communities self-sustain, Santevia donated a rototiller plow to the Roslin Orphanage in West Timor.
Amarok Society Women’s School
Custom port colony is a large slum in Khulna that stands behind a railway track in the center of the city. Approximately 235 families live there, with an average family size of six. Men often work pulling rickshaws, as mobile vegetable sellers, chopping wood and running street shops. In addition to household chores and caring for children, some women work as maidservants in neighboring communities. Very few children attend school at all.
Funded by Santevia, the Women’s School opened in February 2013 and within just a few months, mothers learned letters (Bangali& English), numbers, and songs. They spend two hours every day learning to read, write, play and sometimes draw. Each of the mothers then educates five children so they can continue to grow the education of the families living in this slum.
Dominican Republic & Haiti
El Brison and Las Batatas Arriba in the Dominican Republic have neither running water nor electricity. Vehicle access to these communities can be difficult or impossible depending on the weather conditions. As a result, these communities have been largely neglected and remain completely without infrastructure, apart from a one-room elementary school.
The funding supplied through the Santevia Gives Back Program provides drinking water to 49 homes serving 205 people plus any population expansions. Cement tanks provide 25 gallons per person each day, with a Community Water Board governing the water system.
During the project, several members of the community were trained to build the water tanks and will travel to Haiti to build at least eight new tanks for communities in need over the coming year.
The town of Kibaale is located in a notoriously dry region of Uganda. Famine is not uncommon during the dry seasons, which last much longer than in other areas of Uganda. As a result, capturing rainwater as it falls is critical. The collection and storage of fresh water for the students and their families is the lifeline of the community. Before Santevia’s funding, they were using three types of collectors: Jerry Cans, 40-liter drums, and 2,000-liter containers. All three worked well, but they needed something of larger scale.
Santevia donated a 24,000-liter tank to complete Kibaale Community Center’s water storage capabilities, providing clean drinking water for the community for up to 15 years. This project allows girls in the community to attend school instead of transporting water.