Those who are philanthropically-minded need look no further for a cause than that of water. After all, this is a fundamental aspect of human existence and one that is shockingly scarce in some parts of the world.
“The United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights,” according to the United Nations website, announcing a new resolution. “The Resolution calls upon States and international organizations to provide financial resources, help capacity-building and technology transfer to help countries, particularly developing countries, to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.”
So if you want to contribute to basic drinking water and sanitation rights to those around the world who need them, where should you start?
One great place to begin is Water For People, an international nonprofit that works across nine countries to bring safe water and sanitation to four million people. It works within communities, governments, and local businesses to identify the barriers to these services and then works to make fundamental change in the systems.
“1.8 billion people around the world don’t have access to safe water and 2.4 billion lack access to adequate sanitation,” the organization reported. “We want to see communities break free from the cycle of poverty and spend time growing, learning, and thriving, instead of walking for water and fighting off illness.”
Another option is Project WET, which reaches communities around the world with water resource education materials, training workshops for educators, and by organizing community events like water festivals.
“We develop and deliver the world’s best water education resources, organize special water events, manage a worldwide network of local implementing partners and advocate for the role of water education in solving the world’s most pressing water issues,” explains the organization’s website.
Finally, potential donors might want to consider The Water Project. This organization has installed water projects in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and other African countries, with an emphasis on monitoring and maintaining the projects well after installation.
“A comprehensive, sustainable water project costs time, commitment, investment in people, willingness to measure and admit both success and failures, and a passion to care for people more than hardware,” The Water Project’s website reads. “The Water Project is working very hard to build long-term, truly sustainable water projects that are held to a measurable standard of success over the long term.”
In the end, all of the above organization’s make excellent candidates for donation dollars. If your goal is to help the world, you’d be hard-pressed to focus on a more vital issue than water.
Image credit: "Water in Ethiopia: drinking water" Christian Aid © 2012, used under an Attribution 2.0 Generic license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/