Charity of the Month: charity:water
This is what many children and people around the world have to do. About 1 in 10 people lack access to clean water; however, there is an organization hoping to end the water crisis in our lifetime.
Charity of the Month: charity:water
“brings clean and safe drinking water to people in need around the world, improving health, education, and opportunity – especially for women and children.”
- they lack clean, easily accessible water.
- children and women have to walk several hours per day to get to and pump dirty water at the expense of their education.
- disease and death are commonplace due to unsanitary water conditions.
This organization is working to remedy that problem.
Inspirational Stories as a Consequence of Clean Water:
- The story of the 15-year-old girl in Mozambique who is the PRESIDENT of the water committee in her town, not only shattering age but also gender stereotypes. As stated on the website:
- “15 years old. Female. None of it matters. Those things are trumped by Natalia’s education, confidence, and tenacity. Natalia’s opportunities are promising for young girls in rural Mozambique. But they’re even more promising for the people in her community.”
- Due to clean water being brought to her town, the time she used to spend getting water is now time she spends in school. She wants to be the headmaster someday.
- Or the story of the boy in Malawi who hauled water, standing up for equality in his town. Hauling water is largely a female job, but this boy decided to work toward gender equality, lessen his mother’s burden, and in general work to make his town and country a better place.
- In India, the story of Asharfi who inspired “the Pipeline” branch of charity:water which works to train local mechanics to maintain and fix pumps. Because, what would be the point in installing clean water systems if they are not able to keep them flowing? This man followed mechanics repair teams beginning at the age of 16 years old, taught himself to repair the wells, built his own tools, and began his own business from the ground up.
- The Well Doctor in Malawi who has repaired 140 wells, while also working another full-time job, because, “In order for me to be where I am, someone had to help me. In turn, I want to help others.”
- Stories of children’s big dreams for their futures would not be possible without access to clean water. Clean water means increased health. Better health (and less time spent trying to gather water) leads to more schooling. More education leads to opportunities.
- There are so many more stories and videos from the field. Check out Charity Water Stories for more.
My overall thoughts on charity:water:
- Charity:water teams don’t leave an area with a newly dug well until a committee of town members is formed of those willing to take on the challenge of maintaining it.
- The organization is attempting to train and organize groups of maintenance men who will help to keep the water systems running through their “Pipeline” program.
- Part of this program involves installing sensors in the wells that allow the staff to see when a well has broken down. This leads to faster and more efficient repairs when needed.
- Admirably, this charity appears to put the power in the community members’ hands. They aren’t simply leaving them in the dark, nor are they acting as “saviors” with the idea that the people of these towns are unable to maintain the wells themselves. Instead, they are solving a problem and allowing the people to take pride and ownership in their newfound water source.