Food and Water Security
eBay Giving Works
While eBay itself is not a non-profit organization, it does offer a few phenomenal easy ways to benefit non-profits through their Giving Works program. Since 2003, eBay Giving Works has been used as a way for the eBay market and community to donate to non-profit causes.
The Giving Works program offers a few different ways to contribute. For starters, you can purchase from a wide variety of eBay sellers and shops, all of which are donating a percentage of their profit to a non-profit organization. If you have items you would like tosell on eBay, you can donate up to a hundred percent of what you make to a non-profit through Giving Works. Additionally, eBay allows you to simply donate directly to a non-profit of your choice through their website. Non-profits who are not listed with eBay may register with MissionFish in order to raise money through Giving Works.
So far, over 267 million dollars have been donated to non-profits through the Giving Works platform. Read about the success stories and impact that Giving Works has had on specific organizations and individuals.
The SWASH+ program is a collaborative effort, combining the resources of CARE, Emory University’s Center for Global Safe Water, water.org, and the Kenya Water and Health Organisation, with funding provided the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Water Challenge. The program seeks to simultaneously improve water and sanitation systems at schools in Kenya and Central American countries while also researching the effectiveness of the implementation to improve cleanliness and availability of hygienic systems, and, hopefully, reduce absenteeism and school results.
SWASH+ is funded by both the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Water Challenge. Consider donating to CARE or water.org in support of their work. Jobs are available with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE, and water.org. Read up on theresearch being done by the SWASH+ program and their reports.
Combining research with implementation, allows for the effects of the program to be observed, recorded and improved upon. One goal of SWASH+ is to better understand how WASH programs (water, sanitation, and hygiene) affect the students whom are exposed to it, and what effects such programs can have on the greater communities within which they are implemented. Read more about the importance of research to the project. The fullimpact of WASH programs is still being assessed, and more research will lead to a better understanding of health-related behavioral habits and how to implement WASH programs to optimize impact. It is also a goal of SWASH+ to maintain sustainable WASH systems.
Water.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps communities develop safe access to water and sanitation.
Water.org has helped many communities set up safe, accessible, and sustainable water and sanitation solutions. Check out their featured projects from all over the world. According to statistics on the website, over 3 million people die a year from water related disease and 884 million people lack access to clean water. The organization works with local partners to tailor solutions to individual communities. They make sure to engage with the communities they work in, helping to develop sustainable solutions that communities can own themselves.
WorldServe International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to brining water and other basic needs to rural communities in Africa. Through their hard work, thousands of children now have access to safe and clean drinking water.
The WorldServe website has a variety of different ways to get involved, including the Kilimanjaro Climb, World Water Day, the Cup of Water program, and by becoming an advocate. Consider donating to one of the WorldServe programs.
On their website, WorldServe cites the statistic that “Every 15 seconds a child dies due to unsafe drinking water”(worldserveintl.org). WorldServe was the distributing organization for a massive fundraiser started by kids at the R.H. Smith School in Syracuse, N.Y. and Rotary International. Thanks to this fundraiser, which quickly gained nationwide support, WorldServe was able to distribute 10,000 “LifeStraw” devices (personal water filtration systems) to children in rural parts of Africa who are often without easy access to safe drinking water. Through the Cup of Water initiative, your single donation of $20 can provide a lifetime’s supply of safe and clean drinking water to one individual. WorldServe also develops “Life Centers” in East Africa to meet the basic needs of people living in extreme poverty, including water and sanitation, healthcare, education, electrical power, and more. Check out where some of their projects are located.
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