The (really high) cost of doing business in the US.
#ThirstyThursday : December 4, 2013
I had a donor contact me this morning with this question about our New Mexico water project. I though it would be worth sharing both his email and my response with all of you.
Bringing clean water to American homes is a complicated issue - and often more costly and time-consuming than work in the developing world.
Thanks for all of your incredible support - and questions - as we launch the Navajo Water Project.
I read an article this morning about the need for clean water in New Mexico. The article said, “While a similar project in East Africa would only take about $8,000 to complete, [McGraw] added, the water project in New Mexico is estimated to cost close to $400,000.”
Can I get a little more information on those numbers, please? What’s driving up the cost so much here in the US? Is it government regulations? Contractors? Which ones?
Holiday Campaign: Navajo Water Project
It’s another #ThirstyThursday!
Hello, Thursday. It’s a miracle you’re here again. You could be not here. But you’re NOT not here.
- Think of You - HAERTS Remix, MS MR
- Lusaka by Night, John Wizards
- Who No Know Go Know, Just a Band + Childish Gambino
It’s #GivingTuesday - and we’re thrilled to announce that today our holiday campaign is finally live!
When most people think of dirty water, they think of places like rural Africa. But water poverty affects hundreds-of-thousands of Americans too.
Nearly 40% of Navajo Americans don’t have a tap or a toilet at home. Over 250 of these families live in Smith Lake, New Mexico.
Imagine, thousands of people living without clean water just hours from your house… people you can call, people you can visit.
This holiday, help us bring clean water to the people of Smith Lake for the first time ever. Make a donation or purchase a holiday gift like a hand-inked serigraph or a vial of soil from the project site. You gift will help families right here at home.
See the website and watch the video.
#ThirstyThursday : November 28, 2013
Alison Ben is 40 years old and lives in Mariri village. During the conflict, he and his wife lived in an internally displaced persons camp (IDP) near the Ugandan border. It was there they both got sick from sanitation and poor nutrition.
When they finally were able to return home they encountered a big problem - no clean water. The whole community was now left with no other option than to fetch water from a local stream. Encountering the same diseases he did in the IDP, Ben never thought this reality would be true with his new freedom.
When asked about his new water source Ben mentioned, “There is happiness deep inside my heart because of this new well.” He and his family can now live their dream calling Mariri, once again, their perfect home.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Today we’re thankful for you!
It’s #ThirstyThursday! Here are a few tunes to accompany today’s festivities.
- There’s a Beast and We All Feed It, Jake Bugg
- We Belong, RAC and Katie Herzig
- Calling Cards, Neko Case
Samuel is 38. He is the headman of Warpia village. He is married to his wife Mary and has four children. Unlike the others, Samuel did not flee to exile during the war, he opted to stay. In doing this, he experienced the many hardships of daily life in a conflict zone, lack of water being one of the hardest.
Now that peace is restored Samuel and his family not only have their freedom back, but a new quality of life. With their new water source, women no longer walk three miles to collect dirty water from the Nile. They can stay close to home for the holidays with plenty of clean water for their loved ones.
#ThirstyThursday : November 14, 2013
Kuyang has four children, one with epilepsy After the war in 2007 she returned to Kabi with a regular walk of three kilometers to the local water source. With a big responsibility at home, being gone for long periods of time added addition stress to her day.
She thanks God everyday for this new well close to home. With more time on her hands to be near, it makes caring for her son all the easier.
It’s #ThirstyThursday - and we’re headed to Navajo country to check on our Diné Water Access Project. We’ll be jamming to this on the way over.
Did you know that 40% of Navajo don’t have clean water or a toilet at home? That’s right here in the US. Contemplate.
- You’re Not the One, Sky Ferreira
- Go With It, Tokimonsta & MNDR
- I Can’t Stand It, Maylee Todd
We’re excited to welcome our new fellows over here at HQ. We selected two incredible woman out of some amazing applicants this season and can’t wait to see their skills shine!
American Projects Fellow
Tala is a native South African and Third Culture Kid who recently landed in LA. She’ll time-out her visa taking photos, tracking social interactions and managing development for the Navajo Water Access Project. @talastrauss
Stephanie practically vibrates with passion for people’s stories. She’s a journalism student with experience in travel, advocacy and documentary film making. She’s the perfect person to share our work with the world. @stmrcd
Check out more of our staff at: http://www.digdeepwater.org/whoweare.html
Anne Josephine was separated from her four children and husband during the war. Once reunited they crossed the border into South Sudan ready to establish their new lives together. To their surprise, they no longer had the clean water they once had in exile. Although they now had freedom, they were getting sick from the dirty water in the local stream.
She is so thankful to the community who came together to change this reality. She now not only has freedom in her own country, but the ability to enjoy it with a new quality of life and good health.
On October 5th Newtown, CT held their second annual Walk4Water.
Barely a year after a tragedy that threatened to tear them apart, Newtown families came together for a charity 5k to change the lives of communities in East Africa.
Participants carried gallons of dirty water - making the same trip many women and children face every day to bring water to their families.
The event raised over $10,000, and we’ll send 100% of that to the field. When projects funded by the W4W are complete, we’ll send the walkers and their supporters reports like this one.
They walk; we work; you watch the world change.
Want to organize your own Walk 4 Water? We can help! Email us: email@example.com.
#ThirstyThursday : October 31, 2013
DIGDEEP is looking for an Intern!
“My name is Scopas Rabok Losu Duku, and I am the head man of Mojumalat village, where I live with my wife and family.
Since 1983 and up until recently, we have had no bore hole and had to fetch water from distant streams. I am happy for the drilling of the bore hole because the well will serve many people who are tired of drinking and walking for dirty water.
God bless the donors and partners for the work they have done to my community; no one will forget this gift!”
We’re looking for an intern for our 2013 Holiday Campaign coming up.
Check out the attached description and if you think you or someone you know is a good fit email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply!
We just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this beautiful post from designer Jessica Comingore on #4Liters. Jessica writes for Kinfolk, Elle Decor, Dwell and The Huffington Post. Amazing.