Friday, March 22, is World Water Day, an annual day of awareness designated by the United Nations. The UN has several aggressive sustainable development goals, and one of them is to bring clean drinking water to everyone in the world by 2030, leaving no one behind.
At present according to the UN, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms, and factories struggling to survive and thrive. Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people, and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.
2019 World Water Day is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. In honor of World Water Day, we are asking the GoodBookey community to support a special group of charities who are rising to the challenge of helping those who lack access.
Far Away Friends
Far Away Friends has raised more than $6,000 toward its goal of $13,000 for its Walk to Water campaign to build a well in the Namasale, Uganda area. That well, the organization’s biggest water project to date, has been drilled and is officially up and running, providing thousands of people access to clean drinking water. Serving a geographic area also helped by the Far Away Friends-sponsored school for local children, the new well cuts the students’ (and teachers’ and community members’) water collection time down to practically zero, where before they were spending nearly two hours per day collecting water solely for the school. The new well means that the children can be children, having the kind of valuable study and play time that every kid needs, thanks to the combined efforts of the Far Away Friends team and the community members on the ground in Namasale.
For more information, visit www.farawayfriendsglobal.com.
Well Constructed, based in California, is the brainchild of Google’s Nathan Rogers, who leads stateside fundraising efforts for an organization focused on building wells and partnering with local communities in Ghana. With support from fellow Google employees and matching donations from the company, as well as gifts from the Well Constructed team’s social network, Rogers and company have completed more than 47 projects bringing more than 30,000 since 2015. With no paid employees, the Well Constructed team flows 100 percent of all donations to its water projects, consisting of wells designed to support a community of 500 people for many years.
For more information, visit www.wellconstructed.org.
Go Conscious Earth
Go Conscious Earth, a North Carolina non-profit, is focused on bringing a number of great services to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Led by Godi Godar, Go Conscious Earth is working on solar energy projects and rainforest conservation (saving 1 million acres to date). The organization has constructed 11 wells, bringing potable water 22,000 Congolese people. Another innovation is the so-called “community drill,” a human-powered borehole drill taken village to village to dig commercial-depth wells in places too difficult to take traditional drills.
For more information, visit www.gcearth.org.
Thanks for your continued support of GoodBookey’s charity partners! Now, place your bets!
Image provided by Far Away Friends