The (really high) cost of doing business in the US.
Holiday Campaign: Navajo Water Project
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?
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.
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.
This is where your money goes.
DIGDEEP Life Night - by LifeTeen
We’re about to start another week of #4Liters together, and we wanted to remind you of something:
100% - every dollar - of the funds you donate or raise for #4Liters is sent directly to a water project.
Our fearless leader, George McGraw, talks 4Liters with CNA!
Life Teen is a Catholic (Christian) youth ministry organization that empowers young people to explore their faith in context. The organization runs a Life Night program for high school teenagers used by over 1,400 Catholic parishes in 24 countries! On October 13th - LifeTeen published this Life Night for DIGDEEP + 4Liters.
DIGDEEP is honored to partner with LifeTeen and other religious ministries. We maintain relationships with many religious and secular organizations that promote the message of clean, sustainable water access as a basic human right. Want to partner with us? Send us an email: email@example.com
.- A project encouraging Americans to live for a few days on the bare minimum of water will help them understand poverty and treat those without clean water as brothers, a water access advocate has said.
“If you really want to live in solidarity with the poor, if you want to build some awareness in yourself about this issue and about the importance of the water that you are so blessed to have access to, take the 4Liter Challenge,” said George McGraw, executive director of DigDeep Water.
“It’s not hard, but it’s incredibly life-changing.”
The 4Liter Challenge, a program of the Los Angeles-based DigDeep Water, is set to run from Oct. 14-21. It asks people to live for several days on four liters of water per day – only slightly more than one gallon; this is the minimum amount of clean water a person needs to survive.
The challenge aims to raise awareness about “water poverty,” the lack of clean water that many poor people face, both in the U.S. and around the world.
Click here for full article.
Meet Victoria Nabuni Nene!
In August 2013, DIGDEEP dug a well in Warpia, South Sudan. During the civil war, living conditions became worse and many people lost loved ones due to illness caused by poor sanitation and a lack of clean water.
The Warpia well has changed the lives of the villagers like Victoria Nabuni Nene.
Victoria lost her husband to illness during the war. The only source of water near her village is the Nile River - a three mile walk away. For those who can’t make the journey, drinking from pools of stagnant water left over from road construction is their only option.
Because of her new well, Victoria has more time to spend with her family. She’s started working on a brick business with her extra time, a job that will support her children.
Starting October 14th, spend a day in Victoria’s shoes.
Live on #4Liters and raise money for community water projects in Cameroon, South Sudan and the United States. Register now at 4liters.org!
"We hear tragic stories of people dying from diseases in unclean water, but this is not death from unclean water, these are 40 people who died from lack of access to any, water, period.”
This blog post made it around our office this morning. Elizabeth’s husband, Grant, is the Project Manager for our partner compound in Juba, South Sudan.
Sometimes our work isn’t all splashing water and smiling faces. Humans have a right to water, and we defend it. Lend a hand. DIGDEEP
Photo of the day:
Often times children skip class to collect clean water for their families. Help them stay in school. Give the gift of water. #homefortheholidays
Grab your tickets to The Launch Party in LA tomorrow. For $40 you get a gourmet dinner, unlimited drinks, live music, cool stuff to look at, cool people to look with, and you can play all night in the photobooth. It’s a sweet deal since tickets are worth over $120.
NEW MEXICO UPDATE
So everyone knows that we’re working hard to bring clean water to over 300 Navajo in rural New Mexico. (If you don’t, you can read about the project here.)
Here are a few teaser pics from our most recent trip to the field. They communicate the sparse vastness of this incredible place, and the beauty of its Diné people. We’re so honored to be working with local Navajo and non-profit leaders to make the dream of clean water a reality!
Every person everywhere has a right to the clean water they need to live in dignity. Help us bring water to our fellow Americans.
photos courtesy of DIGDEEP’s volunteer photog: Heather Gildroy