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 Group or Religious School:
H20 for Life and Faiths for Safe Water co-created an easy-to-use, faith-based, service-learning curriculum that will enhance religious school study and youth group activity.
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:
These organizations offer fun and fruitful ways to engage Christian congregations:
Healing Waters International
The Water Project
Living Water International
Water is Life (Catholic Relief Services)
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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.
Check out Rotary, too.