Two years ago, I launched a campaign raising money to build a well with charity: water. The campaign was to mark my upcoming 30th birthday and asked all my friends and family to rally together to raise the $5,000 needed. In the end, the experience was an even more emotional and life-changing experience than I had originally bargained for, and one of the best things I’ve ever done. I grew a lot from that experience and it was the start of the foundation for the Do Good Project, which has since brought people from all over together to do even more in support of extreme poverty causes.
I recently received an update from charity: water complete with photos and details of the project’s completion. I wanted to share the photos and updates of this project with the friends and family who help make this, my most important project to date, possible. I’ve never forgotten it or any of the people who contributed to it. It meant the world to me two years ago, and today it still does.
Thanks to you, this village now has access to clean and safe drinking water. They’ve also been trained by our local partners on safe hygiene practices and basic maintenance of their water project. Each family using the new water source contributed between $0.03 and $0.06 toward their project’s construction; that’s a small fee, but one that helps instill a sense of personal ownership for the project. Each family will continue to pay between $0.03 and $0.06 per month to use the water; the community will save this money for any necessary maintenance or repairs.
The people here, especially women and children, used to walk up to two hours to collect water for their families. Even then, each family member had to make do with just five liters of water per day for drinking, bathing, cooking and everything else. The water wasn’t safe to drink and often made people sick. Thanks to your help, people here are walking significantly less every day to collect water. On average, they’re less than 15 minutes from their water project, which means each family now can use up to 15 liters per person per day! Most importantly, the water they bring home each day is safe enough to drink.
Read charity: water’s full report on the project here.