10 Years of Changing Lives!
What if you could change the world? It sounds like a lofty goal... out of reach, too big, too overwhelming. But what if you COULD change the world?
Imagine your day without access to safe drinking water. How would you prepare your morning cup of coffee? How would you brush your teeth? How would you cope with your children being ill simply because of the water?
Imagine a home, a community, or an entire country, where safe drinking water was unavailable; where children and adults contract typhoid, cholera and other waterborne diseases because of a lack of safe water to drink. In the United States, we take for granted the ability to turn on our water faucet and have safe, bacteria-free water at our finger tips. We forget that many developing countries, even those that we often vacation to, do not have the means or the infrastructure to provide families with safe water to drink. The lack of clean water is gaining awareness around the world. Organizations have been established and the U.N. has dedicated March 22 as World Water Day in an effort to raise awareness. But what is awareness without action?
Now imagine being a part of a group of dedicated individuals sharing their time, money, and resources, to ensure that everybody on earth has access to clean drinking water. Give Clean Water is a nonprofit organization, established in 2008 with a mission to provide clean, safe drinking water to all on earth who need it. For the past 10 years they have worked with volunteers, organizations like churches, Boy Scouts, Rotary, and private donors to give the gift of clean water to over 50,000 people.
The Give Clean Water Way is all about tracking outcomes, knowing that what we are doing is truly having an impact in the communities and homes. Due to our education, training and follow up process, we can account for a family’s financial savings, medical savings and work days recaptured. On average a family in Fiji who receives a water filter saves $52.96 per month.
As described by a nurse who lives in Sasa, Fij: “The help provided by Give Clean Water has been an immense help to us. We often have to walk to get water from the family down the road. During the floods, we only had the river. Now we can use this filter to drink from the river or from rain we collect. I will encourage everyone to use this.”
While their work began in Fiji, Give Clean Water’s goal is to partner with like-minded individuals and organizations to put a clean water filter in the home of every family who does not have access to adequate drinking water. They are currently expanding their reach and partnerships around the world with organizations in Liberia, Marshall Islands, Gambia, Togo and Burundi!
You CAN change the world. Learn more about Give Clean Water at www.givecleanwater.org.