Each fall we have a day to give thanks, and then two days to get deals for the holiday season, but what about a day for giving back?
#GivingTuesday, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, is an opportunity for people worldwide to reflect and give back. Started by the United Nations Foundation and the 92d Street Y in 2012, #GivingTuesday has seen over $10 million online donations processed, a 53% increase compared to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving the previous year.
If you are thinking about participating in #GivingTuesday, consider donating to a water-related charity. About 780 million people in the world do not have access to safe, clean drinking water, resulting in about 3.4 million people dying from water-related diseases, including diarrhea, malaria, cholera, and scabies. Below are some water-related charities that are participating in #GivingTuesday.
Started in 1981, WaterAid works with local partners to help communities plan, build and manage safe water supplies and latrines. By using practical technologies, including borehole drilling, rainwater harvesting, and gravity-flow systems, WaterAid brings clean water to communities. They, then, train the local community on how to maintain the water and sanitation facilities. During #GivingTuesday, a private supporter is offering to match every penny raised from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org forges partnerships with local organizations to create a tailored solution for each community and form local water committee for each water solution. The local water committee, normally composed of women, is trained on how to operate and maintain the new water system and manage finances, allowing the projects to remain self-sustaining. Water.org stresses that the community owns the water system by contributing financially, materials, or physically helping to build the water system.
Charity:Water, founded in 2006, brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Unlike other water charities, private donors fund all of the operating costs for Charity:Water, which allows 100% of publicly donated money to go directly to the field. Like other water charities, Charity:Water creates a tailored drinking water solution, whether it be hand-dug wells, drilled wells, rainwater catchments, or gravity-fed or piped systems, for a community. They, then, work with local partners, community, district, and regional leaders, and members of the community to create the water system and strengthen local ownership. In addition to participating in #GivingTuesday, Charity:Water also gives donors the option of donating their birthday for a fundraising effort.
Through Water for Waves, you can donate money to help purchase water filters for developing nations. In conjunction with Hurley International, Water for Waves has developed a DIY volunteer program called Clean Water Couriers. Born out of surfers traveling the world, including developing nations, for waves, Clean Water Couriers asks world travelers, including surfers, to pack donated filters in their suitcases. When they arrive at their destination, the world travelers connect with local non-profits and set up simple filtration systems using local resources.
Please consider participating in #GivingTuesday by donating clean water to a community in need.