NonProfit News

Louisville Downtown Partnership Relaunches Positive Change Boxes

The Louisville Downtown Partnership (LDP) presented The Coalition for the Homeless with a ceremonial check for $9,107.93 recently as LDP relaunched the Positive Change Program throughout Downtown. Twenty-five new Positive Change boxes have been added to light poles in the Central Business District. “We are proud to partner with the compassionate Louisville community who want to help the most vulnerable in our society,” said Rebecca Matheny, executive director of LDP. One-hundred percent of Positive Change donations are turned over to social service agencies who are able to directly provide help to people who need housing and mental health assistance.

“I’m grateful to the Louisville Downtown Partnership for their donation to The Coalition for the Homeless and for re-launching the Positive Change program, which gives Louisvillians and visitors to our compassionate city a chance to show their compassion anytime they’re walking our Downtown streets,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.

According to Natalie Harris, executive director of The Coalition for the Homeless, “LDP’s program has truly created a ‘positive change.’ These funds made available through community donations have provided the flexible funding needed for local non-profit partners to move homeless persons from the streets to an apartment of their own. Funds have covered the cost for security deposits, background checks and furniture/household items that many do not have when they move into their own home. It is exciting to see how a little help can make a big change in someone’s life.”

WaterStep Opens Training Center in Senegal

One in ten people on the planet do not have access to safe water, and Africa is one of the worst-affected regions for waterborne illness. The problem is huge, but the solutions are simple.

A partnership between two Louisville-based non-profits is allowing communities in Africa to have easier access to the tools and training they need to take care of their own safe water and sanitation needs. On July 11, WaterStep and Global Solidarity Initiative launched a training center in Dakar, Senegal, where representatives and officials from several organizations including the Senegalese Ministry of Good Governance and Child Protection, UNICEF and USAID were shown demonstrations on how to use WaterStep’s safe water tools. The sessions were led by Dakar-based trainers who’ve been working with WaterStep equipment for years. Upon completion of the course, attendees were then given equipment to install in the regions of Touba and Dakar, where it will provide safe water to the city’s impoverished children.

​The facility in Dakar will host trainings for people from across the region, and it will also serve as a storehouse for WaterStep’s tools and equipment. Now, the equipment will be more readily available for communities, clinics and hospitals that need safe water and sanitation.

WaterStep’s award-winning tools used to provide safe water and disinfectant include: the innovative M-100 chlorine generator, which can provide thousands of gallons of safe water each day; the portable bleach maker, which provides medical-strength disinfectant; and the WaterBall, which is designed to carry water over long distances and rugged terrain.

WaterStep implements water projects using a comprehensive approach that includes installing safe water systems paired with health and hygiene training for the community. This method has proven to be successful and sustainable as a long-term solution to drastically improve overall health. The organization is currently working with 18 partners throughout Africa, including Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, Uganda, South Sudan and Malawi.

The training center in Dakar was possible thanks to support from UNICEF. To learn more, call 502.568.6342 or visit waterstep.org.