Pay it Forward - 5 Water Nonprofits to Support this Earth Day
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April 22nd, 2020
This Earth Day we want to take a moment to talk about one of our most precious resources: water. Agriculture accounts for about 70% of global freshwater consumption. That’s why Plenty’s vertical farms use a closed-loop irrigation system that uses 95% less water than traditional agriculture. To put that into perspective, purchasing a 4.5 oz pack of Plenty produce saves 100 glasses of water.
According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 3 people do not have access to safe drinking water. So what can each of us do to help? In addition to practicing water conservation in your own life, you can donate to non-profit organizations working to provide clean water to those in need.
While we wish we could recognize every nonprofit organization that contributes to water conservation efforts, there are far too many to fit into one blog post. So, here is a shortlist of nonprofit’s YOU can donate to right now so that more people can gain access to earth’s most precious resource.
Generosity.org is an organization committed to ending the clean water crisis in developing countries.
By empowering and equipping individuals through the spirit of generosity, we help them become self-sufficient and inspire in them the same spirit of helping their neighbor; ultimately paying it forward. We believe that generosity changes people, and changes the world. Our goal is to move from a place where communities rely upon us, to a place where communities utilize the tools we provide to become proud and progressive stewards of their own destiny. Our dream is to make our role obsolete. That’s how we change the world.
Generosity.org has completed more than 800 water projects to date, and they have their eyes set on 1,000 projects as their next milestone. To put that in perspective, their work has helped 500,000 people in 20 countries get access to clean water.
charity: water is a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
Their partners select water point locations based on geography and assessments of need. Then, they also consider the potential for building strong relationships with local stakeholders, the risk of overlap with the work of other organizations, and the availability of spare parts and repair services. Additionally, a community’s willingness to participate is important, since strong programs require buy-in and participation to sustain water points over time. charity: water work with sector experts to know which approaches are most effective to deliver water, sanitation, and hygiene services in developing countries.
They’ve funded 38,113 water projects for 9.6 million people in 24 countries around the world. In the last nine years, the organization dug more than 16,000 water projects, raised more than $200 million from donors, and set new standards for donor engagement and public communication.
3. Blood: Water
Blood: Water is an equipping agency that partners with African grassroots organizations to address the water and HIV/AIDS crises. Their mission is to address the water crisis in Eastern Africa by focusing on individuals who were affected by HIV/AIDS. By increasing their awareness and education Blood: Water hopes to improve the longevity of people suffering from an autoimmune disorder and reduce the stress of access to drinkable water.
Blood: Water provides technical, financial, and organizational support so that African civil society organizations expand the reach and effectiveness in the communities they serve. Through outreach and intimate knowledge of the areas where they work, their partners identify and empower local heroes to champion issues affecting the health of community members. Water committees are formed and maintenance teams are trained prior to the implementation of a water point. People who adopt healthy behaviors and see the health benefits in their own lives begin to share with their neighbors what they’ve learned about safe sanitation and hygiene.
They have partnered with over 800 communities in Africa, providing life-saving water and health needs for over 500,000 people in 13 different countries. Along the way, their 1000 Wells Project has expanded to include a variety of clean water solutions and sanitation and hygiene training, as well as funding health clinics, community health workers, and support groups, which help in the prevention, treatment, care, and support of communities affected by AIDS, incorporating HIV/AIDS-specific programming alongside ongoing water programming.
4. H2O For Life
H2O for Life provides a service-learning opportunity for schools in the United States that helps teachers and students raise awareness about the global water crisis while taking action to provide funds for water, sanitation, and hygiene education project for a partner school in the developing world.
1,683 schools around the U.S. and Canada that have participated with H2O for Life. Students have made a difference by organizing walks for water, water fairs, bucket drives, and a host of other events that have raised $3.5 million dollars. Those funds are matched 1-to-1 by H2O For Life NGO partners who design and implement their WASH projects at the local recipient school communities. This funding model has provided a $7 million-dollar impact for much-needed programs in schools around the world.
Since 2007, nearly 1 million students (and thousands of teachers) from H2O for Life schools have supported water, sanitation, and hygiene education projects for partner schools in the developing world. 937 water, sanitation, and hygiene education projects were completed at schools and 414,000 international students now have access to water at school.
Water for Good works with communities in the Central African Republic to establish sanitation best practices, improve agriculture, and empower people to create sustainable clean water access.
Water for Good focuses their efforts in the Central African Republic, one of the most underdeveloped countries. To empower underserved communities with clean water access, they connect communities to locally-owned water businesses, a supply of spare parts, and government oversight.
They report that over 90% of their water projects are functional and you can even get a live view of their impact through an interactive Google map which shows all the status of all the pumps they have provided.
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