Charity: Water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Founded in 2006, it has helped fund 6,611 projects in 20 countries, benefiting over 2,545,000 people. Overall, the organization has raised over $40 million as of January 15, 2012. Charity: Water has 20 full-time staff members, 10 interns and more than 800 volunteers and uses 100% of public donations to fund clean water projects as its operating costs are funded by private donors, foundations and sponsors.
In 2011, FreeOK - of which ACT is the organizational founder - raised over $5,000 to build a water well in Masanjika, Malawi. Malawi is mostly rural -- of its 16 million people, 80% live outside the two major cities. It's also one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. Malawi is a relatively water-rich country, with groundwater usually close to the surface. This means Charity: Water was able to build an inexpensive, hand-dug well to access clean, safe drinking water.
Thanks to ACT's sponsorship and all of their donors, the village of 148 in Masanjika now has access to clean and safe drinking water. Those living in the village have also been trained by Charity: Water's local partner, Pump Aid, on safe hygiene practices and basic maintenance of their water project. Each family using the new water source contributed toward their project's construction -- a small fee, but one that helps instill a sense of personal ownership for the project. Each family will continue to pay a small amount to use the water; the community will save this money for any necessary maintenance and repairs.
The people here, especially women and children, used to walk up to two hours to collect water for their families. Even then, each family member had to make do with just five liters of water per day for drinking, bathing, cooking and everything else. The water wasn't safe to drink and often made people sick. Thanks to your help, people here are walking significantly less every day to collect water. This means each family now can use up to 15 liters per person per day! Most importantly, the water they bring home each day is safe enough to drink.
The GPS coordinates of the well are: -13.58288, 33.02406
For more information, please visit our project on Charity: Water.