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Have you noticed that millions of people still don’t have access to safe water and sanitation resources? Why? Because one person, one campaign, and one organization can’t solve these problems. But together, we can.
We're a small group of people out to #ChangeThat: Change water poverty, change charity campaigns, and change how we collectively solve large global problems. #ChangeThat is not just a campaign, a motto, or a hashtag—it’s in our DNA. It's time to tackle these issues with a new lens: We dare you to join us.
ONE DROP and Water For People are partnering to take action in solving one of the world’s most pressing social and economic challenges—the eradication of water and sanitation poverty. We share the belief that sustainability and economic empowerment are the foundation of international development. As such, this partnership will leverage each organization’s core strengths while respecting their distinct and complementary approaches.
Every family, every school, and every clinic. Forever.
Water For People brings together local entrepreneurs, civil society, governments, and communities to establish creative, collaborative solutions that allow people to build and maintain their own reliable safe water systems. Empowering everyone transforms people’s lives by improving health and economic productivity to end the cycle of poverty.
On May 18, 2014, Mark will run the Colfax Marathon in honor of Lena Jenison and Alden Landis who lost their lives while serving as volunteers with the Peace Corps. These two were only three months into what should have been a two year journey of growth and giving. The goal is to raise $100,000, which may seem unattainable, but with your help and support we can achieve that.
A 40-mile, 5 Boro Bike Tour across NYC's 5 boroughs to support Water For People and mirror what millions of people around the world do everyday — mount their bicycles and ride long distances to collect clean water for their families. Donations go directly to Water For People to finance their water and sanitation programs in Africa, India, Central America and South America — programs that grow out of their belief that Everyone should have access to clean water and proper sanitation forever.
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We believe that water and sanitation services should be reliable and permanent, so that districts and eventually entire nations never again need a development organization to address these challenges.
1.8 Billion People Can’t Get a Glass of Clean Water
Shocking and sad: that’s almost 1 in 4 people in the world. And far in excess of what is typically reported by global aid organizations.
But it’s true.
Water For People is working to #ChangeThat. We recognize that growing populations, urbanization, and climate change are increasing the pressure on water resources throughout the world. We know that women and children bear a disproportionate burden for family water provision, which diminishes their chances at better, more productive lives. We know that sustaining watersheds and improving access to safe water are the prerequisites for health and prosperity for billions of people.
It’s basic. And we know how to make this happen. In Africa. In India. In Central and South America. All places where we are working so that entire regional populations — and eventually whole nations — will finally be able to get a glass of clean water.
Together We Can #ChangeThat
Billions Wasted Trying To Solve The Water Crisis
Nobody really knows how much money has been wasted on failed water projects in the developing world. One study by IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre pointed out that, “In the last 20 years, 600,000-800,000 hand pumps have been installed in Sub-Saharan Africa, of which some 30% are known to fail prematurely, representing a total failed investment of $1.2 to $1.5 billion.” And that’s just a fraction of global efforts to end water poverty.
Water For People knows there is a better way. We call it Everyone Forever.
This unique development approach stresses the importance of local ownership; that is, the government and water users invest in their own water services. It also emphasizes the power of monitoring and accountability. This way they know what is working and what isn’t, so problems are quickly addressed, water continues to flow, and toilets are used and remain useful.
Together We Can #ChangeThat
No Plumbers On Speed Dial
Too often, well-meaning organizations raise money to drill wells and install hand pumps in developing countries. But it stops there. It’s like giving a car to someone who doesn’t have the ability to buy gas or make repairs. It’s nice, but doesn't make sense.
Hand pumps and wells are no different. They’re heavily used and inevitably a part breaks or something malfunctions. Someone needs to be able to fix problems before people are forced to return to dirty springs or scoop holes for their daily water.
Hand pumps and wells are important. But even more important is building skills and capabilities, so that locals can maintain their water services without the assistance of outside organizations.
This is what Water For People does. We bring together local governments, civil society, entrepreneurs, and the private sector so that they create their own reliable water and sanitation services—services that can last for generations, without us.
Together We Can #ChangeThat
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