Image courtesy Water.org
Matt Damon and Gary White, cofounders of Water.org, think we can help communities worldwide get safe, clean water in our lifetime. Today is Blog Action Day 2010: Water. That means bloggers, tweeters and Facebook fans all over the world are talking about water, bringing the world water crisis into focus, and making it a big part of the conversation.
Sure, I could tell you more horror stories about the 2.5 billion people (nearly half) in the world who don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. Today, though, I’m focusing on people like Matt and Gary, who are part of the solution. Because this is a problem we can solve soon, and that’s good news.
Succeeding where others have failed
Around the world, Water.org is succeeding where other groups have failed. Instead of a bunch of foreigners coming in, digging a well and leaving, Water.org involves the communities requesting assistance in every step of the process. First they train people within the community, who in turn train others, preparing them months in advance of digging the well, so they understand what they need to do to prevent disease and to keep the well running.
Water.org not only helps provide clean water, they assure the people of the village are well-trained and ready to train others. What’s more, they can provide a life-long well to a community for just $25. What’s not to celebrate about that? This eight minute video with Water.org co-founders Matt Damon (yes, that Matt Damon) and Gary White shows how it's working in India. The really interesting part, where we see villagers turning on their household taps for the first time, is about five minutes into the vid, but the whole thing is well worth your time.
When you make [people] aware of a problem this serious, but then also make them aware of a solution this practical, I think it’s in peoples’ nature to want to step up and do their part. – Matt Damon, Water.org co-founder
Did you join the conversation in some way today? It’s not too late. At the very least, you can sign the petition to support the UN’s efforts to bring clean, safe water to millions.
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