After thoughtful discussion, members voted to send our pooled donation to Charity:Water. When evaluating possible charities, members kept in mind their mission:
To end poverty by empowering individuals and communities so they can make their own choices and livelihoods and unleash their full potential. We give people a hand up not a hand out.
Funding projects that provide clean water and sanitation is especially appropriate when trying to eliminate poverty, because the lack of clean water imposes an enormous economic burden on communities. When women and children spend hours a day in pursuit of water for their families, they can’t be contributing their time, energy, and intellect to education, businesses, or other pursuits to further themselves, their families, or their communities. The economic loss due to lack of accessible, clean drinking water is estimated at 28 billion dollars in Africa alone.
In addition, death, disease, and violence result from lack of clean water and sanitation. These rob communities of the people, the energy, and the activities needed to promote strong economies.
Charity:Water was an especially appealing organization for a few reasons:
1. They provide proof of all their work by making the satellite images available via Google Maps. As a result, we felt very confident that this organization was doing exactly the work they said they would do with our money.
2. 100% of our donation went to fund water projects. Because they have private support that funds all the administrative work of the organization, our entire donation went directly to provide a village with access to clean water. So, we knew we were making a difference in people’s lives.
3. In almost five years, Charity:Water has raised $40 million and funded 4,282 water projects that provided clean water for 2,060,000.
We were clear that this organization is entirely focused on results, and Poverty Busters was delighted to send them our pooled donations.