As many as one billion people across the world live without access to clean drinking water, and as you will well know by now, Desolenator wants to change that. Potable water should be a human right, not a privilege, so we’ve compiled a list of worthwhile organisations you can support. Each of them commits invaluable time and effort into changing the lives of disadvantaged people for the better – take a look…
Probably the most well-known of the water charities, WaterAid focuses on bringing sanitation facilities as well as clean water to the world’s post deprived communities. We already know that not having safe toilets disproportionately and devastatingly impacts girls and women, on whose shoulders collecting the water usually falls, and makes them more prone to sexual violence as they are forced to wander outside in the dark to find somewhere to relieve themselves.
WaterAid writes of its approach to the world’s water crisis: ‘To transform lives, we deliver taps and toilets, campaign for change and build the skills of local people.’
This not-for-profit organisation gives 100% of its donations directly to water projects involving technology from wells to water filtration, so nothing goes to waste. It has so far funded 13,644 water projects in 22 countries, and actively encourages people to get involved by starting their own fundraiser.
As it rightly points out on its website: ‘Clean water changes everything … It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies, and help kids spend more time in school.’
Belu is a British bottled water company which prides itself on being carbon neutral and on being ‘the most ethical bottled mineral water available’. As Belu’s website states: ‘We are the exclusive bottled water partner of WaterAid and we give them all of our profits. Why? Because Belu shares WaterAid’s view that everyone, everywhere should have clean water, sanitation and hygiene, and that this is achievable by 2030.’
So where can you buy Belu? Well, it’s stocked by many restaurants including Café Rouge, Jamie’s Italian, Zizzi and Byron, as well as the supermarket Sainsbury’s. You’ll feel a lot better drinking ethically-produced water – we promise.
4. Just A Drop
Just A Drop runs on the motto that “safe water = saved lives”. It’s a brilliant, UK-based charity that defines its mission as such:
“Just a Drop’s mission is to reduce child mortality by delivering accessible, clean, safe water where it is needed most.
Our projects support communities through the construction of wells, boreholes, pipelines, hand pumps and latrines and establish health and sanitation programmes for some of the poorest and remotest regions in the world.”
This modest social enterprise helps people gain access to clean water and education in Africa, through the sale of locally-sourced, fair trade coffee. It donates 100% of its net profits to building water projects in Uganda, and the coffee is sourced from Uganda’s Mt. Elgon by collaborating with small coffee growing cooperatives.
You can buy products online, where it explains that ‘four bags of coffee gives water for life.’ If it’s that simple, count us in!
Thanks to Goodnet.