Drought does not come alone. It comes with an overflow of problems. The starting point– access to clean drinking water. To fulfil this most primary need, children bunk school to fetch water from far off water pumps, they are at a risk of drinking water that carries diseases, their parents spend time fighting for water from wells instead of working, and the list goes on, spiraling a cycle of poverty, ill-health, incomplete education and disempowerment. Amidst this dry-spell, a New York-based non-profit works with the mission to bring clean drinking water to people in developing nations. Every year, Charity Water picks one country to bring about large-scale change, and in 2008 it turned its attention to India.On the ground it partners with Gram Vikas, Water For People and Jal Bhagirathi Foundation At charity they believe ‘building a water project is the easy part. Keeping clean water flowing over time, however, is a complex business that requires money, training and innovative thinking.’ What’s striking about these water warriors is that while they work with local experts and community members to find sustainable solutions in each place, be it a well, piped system, biosand filter or a system for harvesting rainwater, their breathtaking imagery, innovative campaigns and visual narratives compel you to take notice of the water crisis around the world and support the belief that water does change everything. It’s time to #fightdirty
Around the world, 663 million people fight every single day. They fight the heat. They fight the thirst. They fight to stay alive. Against one of the world’s toughest opponents: dirty water. This nearly-invisible bully blocks kids from getting an education, trips women out of the workforce, and steals away the chance to have a healthy life. In 2016, on their 10th anniversary, charity water stood up against dirty water and celebrated those heroes who’ve supported them in the past. #fightdirty has set out as a movement to fulfil the mission of bringing clean water to the 663 million people who still live without it. #thecraziestthingwecandoisnothing
Over the past decade, charity water has used clean water to restore dignity in India, reduce disease in Central African Republic and create new opportunities for families in Rwanda. They’ve funded drilling rigs in Ethiopia and brought clean water to the desert in Mali & Niger. And every year, they’ve done it with the help of thousands of fundraisers. In September, 2015, as part of charity water’s birthday celebrations was launched the campaign #thecraziestthingwecandoisnothing – a campaign which was as much about impact as it was about the opportunity to come together with a group of strangers and do something bigger than one would do for oneself. Not addressing the water crisis issue across the world was the craziest things we as a community could do. Building on this campaign, this year the message is #nothingiscrazy – summiting a mountain, growing a moustache, swimming, singing, dancing, doodling and donating – all for access to clean drinking water. #waterchangeseverything
663 million people in the world live without clean water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick. Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. But access to clean water means a better life. For people in developing countries, clean water can change everything, is the basic premise of this campaign. #givehope
Everything changes when you give clean water. It bring independence, opportunity and purpose. People who haven’t had access to clean drinking water, now have more spirit, confidence and joy. Clean water gives hope for a better life and that’s the primary vision of charity water. #748million
Water is powerful. It can be beautiful and brutal, cleansing and contaminated, lethal and life-giving. Whatever it’s form, water is essential to life. On World Water Day, charity water spoke up for the #748million people who don’t have access to clean water.