This post for World Water Day comes to us from a great partner, WellDone, who is launching a new campaign on Causes. WellDone is a team of young professionals that raise funding and awareness for clean water and sanitation projects all over the world. They seek to empower developing communities to sustainably build and manage their local water resources.
Happy World Water Day 2012! It’s already been a big year for water. The UN announced that the world community has made serious progress in providing basic drinking water. The benefits of this accomplishment will spread across all levels of society. More children will live past the age of 5, more girls will attend school, more women will have time to work and raise families, and developing economies will see vast improvements in economic efficiency.
Despite this progress, the UN estimates that over 783 million people lack access to safe drinking water, and many billions more lack access to sanitation facilities that keep water clean. It’s easy to feel cynical about a problem as vast as water access.
At WellDone, we believe that hope lies in the ingenuity and positive spirit of African communities. When we visit Africa, what we find are people making the best of their limited resources. We find people who work hard for the same things as people all over the world – their families, communities, and health.
By teaming up with Causes, WellDone is supporting these basic human goals.
Over the next 4 months on Causes, WellDone will be unveiling a series of video vignettes about well building that encapsulate universal human experiences. In the same way that your support of WellDone empowers East Africans to build wells to benefit their communities, we hope videos of their DIY action inspire you to share and build in your own communities, on and offline.
We’ll be asking for your financial support to continue our well projects, but we’re also asking for your voice. We’re going to be using Causes and Facebook comments to build a picture of what it is to be human, both in the United States and abroad.
Our goal over the next 4 months is to raise $20,000 on Causes, the equivalent of 45 wells. That’s 45 communities that will have reason to celebrate. As with all of our donation requests, we will provide details on exactly how much specific parts of the well cost. We believe in complete transparency throughout the giving process.
Help us celebrate water this World Water Day by supporting African communities with your voice and your funds.
David and Amanda