For my ACT4 Objective, I chose to look at different organizations that are working to provide water to communities around the world that need it, and select one to make a donation to. I did this rather than donating my own time because my passion is in support of another area (education), and I want to save my time to direct to that. Clean water is an important resource, though, and I am glad to support an organization that works in this area.
I selected Global Water
because I liked their approach
, which is to find and work with local NGOs that are already working on water issues in an area. There are a lot of good-hearted people and worthwhile projects that don't work because they're outsider-oriented; that is, the problem they're trying to solve is "How can we come in and change things?" instead of "What would make the most sense in this specific, local situation?" I really appreciate that Global Water works with systems that are already in place.
I made an anonymous donation in the name of Urgent EVOKE, and I selected Global Water's Africa Project also in honor of EVOKE. The donation is a small one but I set it up as a monthly recurring donation, and I will keep it up for at least one year from this month. I also added the 3% overhead cost to my donation so that Global Water gets the entire amount.
It's not much, but it's a little bit and it's for a very important cause. The journey of 10,000 miles begins with a single step, and every dollar contributed makes another well or pump cost a little less.