No more rusty pumps! Let’s make sure our charity work, works. Many houses of worship enthusiastically commit to installing “the village water pump”, but 50% of these one-off projects fail. A pump and posing for the photo-op isn’t good enough. We’ve got to dramatically ramp up and provide far wider support to what works, not to what makes us feel good. Before you donate: Ask how the organization makes sure its water projects are sustainable.
Photo: Amsha Africa Foundation
Engage Your Youth:
H20 for Life and Faiths for Safe Water co-created an easy-to-use, faith-based curriculum that will enhance religious school study and youth group activity.
Over the past 11 years, H2O for Life has engaged more than 1,500 U.S. schools and 625,000 youth. They've learn about the global water crisis, their global footprint, and through creative action and events have raised $3.5 million dollars for WASH programs in schools around the world. Funds are matched by trusted implementors; it's a funding model that has made a $7 million-dollar impact on more than 865 global school partners, impacting over 385,000 students in the developing world who now have access to clean water and sanitation students at school.
Students choose the school they wish to partner with from a long list with WASH needs...So a Spanish-speaking church might want to fund a project in Latin America; a Baptist church may want to fund a Baptist school in Africa; a synagogue may have a particular connection to Rwanda, and so on...
H2O for Life has lots of FREE materials, including
Check out our multi-faith curriculum here and click through Intro To the Water Crisis
H2O for Life in the media:
Good Morning America
Students “rapping” for water
These organizations offer some fun and fruitful ways to engage congregations:
Healing Waters International
The Water Project
Living Water International
Water is Life (Catholic Relief Services)
Find out why the Bible and Water are Important to Christians
Sacred Water: Sustaining Life: A wonderful look at water and faith created for the Festival of Faiths, Louisville, KY.
Water and Faith Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs comprehensive report entitled Water and Faith: Rights, Pragmatic Demands, and an Ethical Lens.