Can you imagine having to walk 3 hours for water each and every day? Charity: water is a nonprofit that funds projects to bring clean drinking water closer to villages with the belief that this can be the catalyst to changing everything.
In developing countries, existing water sources can be few and far between, and it’s typically the responsibility of children and women to walk long distances to collect water. This reality keeps children from attending school and subjects women to harassment and assault, and opens them to injury from hauling cans of water that can weigh 40 pounds when filled.
Charity: water, founded in 2006 by Kevin Rose, believes that more than just the direct impact of access to clean water for health and sanitation, access in the form of nearby wells provides new opportunities for women and children. A community well can reduce time spent for water gathering from 3 hours to 15 minutes, are supplemented with hygiene and sanitation education, and women are empowered to join the water committee to manage the water source. With more time available and nearby access to water, vegetable gardens can be planted and goods sold at local markets, and children have time to focus on school and grow up to become teachers, entrepreneurs, or whatever they choose to be. As the community flourishes, it becomes a model for neighbouring villages, and change, through water access, spreads from one village to the next.
Charity: water is based on a promise to donors that 100% of their donations go directly to the field to fund water projects, with operating expenses being supported by private donors, sponsors and foundations.
There are many ways to get involved with charity: water, from starting a fundraising campaign to simply spreading the word, click here for more ideas to make a difference.
To date, charity: water has funded over 6,270 water projects, helping over 2.5 million people gain access to clean water in 20 countries.
Thank you charity: water for making our world wonderful.
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