10 Reasons You Should Do Everything You Can to Become a DIGDEEP Fellow
A little employment advice from our outgoing American Projects Fellow, Tala Strauss!
- You’ll get to work with people who care so much about other people that they consistently put in 200% of their energy and imagination into their work.
- Not unrelated to #1, the more you learn about the remarkable people around the world that partner with DIGDEEP to fight water poverty in their communities, the more you’ll want to give 200% of your energy and imagination to your internship.
- It will look nice on your resume but it will also make you want to wake up in the morning.
- While interning for DIGDEEP, you’ll get to meet people connected to DIGDEEP in LA who don’t just care about looking good. They also care about doing good.
- Their logo is sexy/pretty (whichever you prefer). Seriously, though, great design is part of everything DIGDEEP does, and you’ll get to be a part of the design process.
George and #NavajoWater on Green is Good Radio!
You know what’s better than a new well? Bringing clean, tapped water right into a home.
We’re putting the finishing touches on the Lokando Water project you helped through the 2012 Home for the Holidays campaign! Together with the people of Lokando, we’ll be bringing safe water to over 7,000 people, while rehabilitating a water system for 12,000 more.
By focusing on low-tech, high-impact solutions, we’ll make a bigger splash than ever before. (And we’ll have the data to prove it.)
This week, Mark Sherigan from Green is Good on iHeartRadio interviews George about clean water, human rights and Americans - both rich and poor.
Hear George talk about his story and DIGDEEP’s work by steaming the episode online HERE.
You know what’s better than a new well? Clean, tapped water right into your home or community center.
We’re putting the finishing touches on the Lokando Water project you helped fund last Christmas! Together with the people of Lokando, we’ll bringing safe water to over 19,000 people through 25km of pipes.
DIGDEEP’s George McGraw at TEDx Malibu
Water access may be the most difficult problem humans have ever faced. Still, Americans use hundreds of gallons of water every day without thinking.
If we can learn to love our water, it just might save our lives.
TEDX Malibu - George McGraw is a human rights lawyer, Executive Director of the DIGDEEP Right to Water Project in Los Angeles and the founder of 4liters.org
Still at Work in South Sudan
"Reservations are often hidden from sight; the real injustices suffered by neighbors so close to home are often hard to see."
DIGDEEP’s American Projects Fellow Tala Strauss on the hidden injustice of water poverty in the United States, featured in Shared Justice.
"Water Poverty is a Crisis for Navajo Communities" - NPR
Here’s a recent Christmas Letter we received from Data Samuel, our Head Driller in Juba, South Sudan (the Capital).
As the situation in South Sudan changes, our water projects continue on schedule. We’re staying in close touch with field staff and government contacts.
DIGDEEP and our partners remain committed to empowering the people of South Sudan to realize a future of peace, stability and clean water for all.
It has been a big question of how this Christmas would be in South Sudan. It’s so funny and painful to see only a quarter (1/4) of a usual congregation attending prayers on this Christmas Day.
With tears running on their eyes, yet a day meant for joyful celebrations, Christians are asking God to forgive and bring peace to the South Sudanese. By the special grace of God all those who might have planed evil for this day were all silenced.
NPR reporter Laurel Morales stopped by Smith Lake, New Mexico just before Christmas to help share the story of the people behind the Navajo Water Project.
Check out this short clip from NPR Morning Edition or read the story online HERE.
#NavajoWater in the Press
"Native American Issues That Go Beyond The Redskins Controversy"
Why We Work: Darlene Arviso
At DIGDEEP, we take seriously the power of social media to inspire change. It’s why we spend so much of our time on Facebook, Twitter, and our websites, like the Navajo Water Project. So when we read this article at Bustle on the online movement of young Native American activists connecting with each other and inspiring change, we got excited!
Another group of Native Americans are operating alongside their traditional counterparts: they are lawyers, comedians, designers, professors, journalists, flash mob organizers, and even federal U.S. government staffers. They are Internet-savvy 20-somethings engaged in a thoroughly modern, hashtag-heavy conversation with other indigenous peoples around the world…
HJU Peace Seminar 2013
There are people living in the US without running water at home. DIGDEEP is bringing clean water to 250 American homes for the first time, ever.
You can help. Make a donation, buy a gift, share your voice. Water poverty is closer to home than you think.
The Navajo Water Access Project: http://digdeepwater.org/navajo
Last summer, we sent George to Hiroshima to teach classes at the HJU Global Seminar on Peace. He gave lectures on water, human rights and development strategies to students marking the anniversary of the Atomic bombings.
HJU gathers some of the finest young leaders across Asia and Africa committed to global change. Water is at the heart of all forward-thinking. We were honored to be a part.
Check out the videos shane sure the application notices for Spring and Summer 2014!
You can see all of the videos here: http://vimeo.com/user16320250/videos
#ThirstyThursday : December 11, 2013
The Navajo Water Project is getting some love online this week. Check out these pieces from awesome sites all over the web.
1. GOOD.is featured “These US Families Live Without Running Water” on the front page of their website, their Facebook page, and also shared the Navajo Water Project on Twitter.
2. Refinery29 included the Lindsey Johnson Serigraph on their "Slacker’s Guide to Last Minute Gifts."
3. Lauren Kelp put together a holiday gift guide for art lovers and included our Navajo serigraph!
4. Jay Tavare wrote a piece on the Navajo Water Project for the The Huffington Post.
5. And of course, George McGraw’s article “These US Families Live Without Running Water” in The Huffington Post.
The (really high) cost of doing business in the US.
Merry it’s-almost-the-holidays #ThirstyThursday!
The pre-holiday weeks are upon us. Take a deep breath and turn up the volume.
- Winter, Daughter
- Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins), Shad
- Going Away, The Innocence Mission
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?