Giving More: Charity: Water

One of the goals of Married Food is to increase awareness about sustainable food.  So for 2012, Married Food will be highlighting projects that can make a dramatic difference in people’s lives. Every other Sunday, I’ll share some ideas and projects that need help. Some for them will be locally based while others will be global. 

Charity: Water – Clean Drink Water Around the Globe

One of my favorite charities to support is Charity: Water. I was first introduced to this organization through Chris Guillbeau.

Why do I support this charity? It’s because of my genuine belief and desire to have safe, clean drinking water available all around the world. A donation of $20 can make a big difference in someone’s life.

100% Will Go Towards Clean Water

What I love about how this charity works is that 100% of your and my donations goes directly towards the water projects.

Here’s the explanation from Charity Water:

When we started charity: water, we made a bold promise to the general public — 100% of their donations would go directly to the field to fund water projects. We’d find another way to cover our operating expenses. And we’d even reimburse credit card fees when donations were made online.

We depend on private donors, foundations and sponsors to cover everything from staff salaries to basic office systems to office rent and supplies. These donors are some of our most dedicated: their investment fuels our long-term mission, our ability to scale as an organization and our mission to continue using 100% of public donations for water projects.

This is important to me – I want any money I give to be used effectively and efficiently.

Why is Clean Water Important?

There are so many benefits to having clean water available in a community, more than most people (including myself) have thought.

  • Health & Sanitation: Without clean water, many communities suffer with health and sanitation problems. 90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are of children under five years old. What makes it more tragic is that it is preventable with clean water.
  • Food Supply: Having access to water helps communities as members can now start samll gardens to sustain their families.
  • Gender Equality: Water Committee is made of appointed members from the community (men and women) who are in charge of the administration and maintenance of the new water source.
  • Economics: I found out through Charity: Water that in areas where gathering water is impossible, small-scale private water distributors charge full market prices, forcing the poorest households to spend up to 11% of their income on life’s most basic need. That money saved can redirect to other needs, helping members and their families to become more self-sufficient and to improve their livelihood.
If you’re interested in learning more or you want to be a part of the Charity: Water community, please check out their site.

Thoughts on Giving More

What are some charitable organizations that you support (whether it’s your time, skills, or money) and why? I’d love for all of us to spread the word on worthy causes in local neighborhoods and beyond.