Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it

Water Project May Updates

Here’s just some of what our teams have been up to lately…

The Water Project successfully delivered clean water to eight communities in May, with four more projects nearing completion. We are excited to share that the hard work of our dedicated teams impacted a total of over 4,000 recipients across eastern Africa.

Kenya4222 18 Pupils of Emahungu primary school on interviewBy providing access to clean water and sanitation, The Water Project and our partners have been able to bring hope to schools, communities and even a local police station (and the surrounding village) throughout the area.  Our efforts have resulted in better awareness of health and hygiene techniques, economic stimulation and an increased focus on education.

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She Did What for Water?

Stacey’s dream; to raise enough money to help The Water Project build a well to provide clean, safe water to a community in Africa.

She’s committed to seeing it happen.

Really committed… like… shave her head committed.

Stacey’s put all her hair on the line on the floor.  She promised to chop off her “blonde locks” in return for donations to her water well fundraising campaign, and even before she’s hit her goal, Stacey has kept that promise!!

Stacey says she’s “trading something that is very valuable to me, to give others a chance at life!”

In addition to inspiring her friends to give, all that beautiful blonde hair is now on its way to creating a wig for a cancer patient – doubling the good!

Now it’s your turn.

Help Stacey Fund a Well like This!

Stacey’s close friends worked really hard to raise over $1,800.  But there’s still a ways to go to reach the goal.

You can join in by donating to her fundraising page.  Together, you’ll fund a water well in Kenya, helping unlock potential in a developing community. You’ll help Stacey achieve her goal and you’ll change the lives of hundreds of people.

…and you don’t even need to harm a hair on your own head (unless you want to, which would be cool, so send a video).

 

 

Charting Impact Report

Charting ImpactThe Water Project just completed our Charting Impact Report as a demonstration of our commitment to ongoing transparency and accountability in support of our mission. The report contains answers to five questions that encouraged reflection and learning about strategies and results in our work.

Charting Impact is a collaboratively developed, extensively tested framework that focuses on making an organization more effective. At the heart of Charting Impact are five simple questions that require reflection and encourage communication about what really matters – results.

Responding to these questions encourages strategic thinking about how an organization will achieve its intended impact, and shares concise information about organization’s plans and progress with key stakeholders and the public.

Charting Impact is a nationwide initiative of BBB Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar USA, and Independent Sector, three organizations that have been leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector for decades. This common framework was developed with input from nearly 200 members of the nonprofit community, including 39 organizations that participated in a pilot test in 2010.

We hope you will check out our report and tell us what you think: Read our Charting Impact Report »

 

Well by Well – We Can Do That

We all know how much our military men and women give in service to our country, but LT Jared N. Smith, Command Chaplain in the Naval Air Facility El Centro, also encourages his congregation to give generously to important causes like The Water Project.


The Navy must donate the congregation’s weekly collection to non- profit organizations, and Jared makes sure that they give to local, national, and global causes.  After hearing about The Water Project from a donation his brother made and learning more about water scarcity, Jared decided to give some of the congregation’s funds to fight water scarcity.

Jared says that the water crisis is something that some Navy men and women have experienced firsthand. Before entering the military, he had such an experience. Jared spent three weeks in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he saw people walk miles for dirty water with no clean water available. “The most motivating factor for me to give is that I have seen the people who are impacted by this work, and I encourage those who have had these experiences to tell our stories of the people affected.”

LT Jared N. Smith, Command Chaplain in the Naval Air Facility El Centro

The money that Jared’s congregation donates is given to be used wherever it is needed.  He says it’s important to support the effort however necessary because addressing water scarcity is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty.

His humility and the generosity of his congregation just add to the admiration we hold for our service men and women who give so selflessly in so many ways. Jared believes that we can all work to end the water crisis.

Knowing how tirelessly our men and women of the military work can inspire us all to do our part in ending this crisis. As Jared says, it will happen if we continue our hard work. “There’s no reason we cannot provide clean water to everyone in the world who needs it. . . well by well, town by town, village by village, country by country, we can do that.”

A school in Uganda is receiving clean water in part from the donations from Jared’s congregation. Check it out here. And give a salute in honor of Jared and our friends at the Chapel in El Centro.