Waves For Water, Nike and Hurley have taken the GameChanger Bucket into another new territory by going to Brazil. The choice seemed obvious as Brazil is a place with a people so passionate about soccer and who will soon host the World Cup 2014!
We headed to Florianopolis. Known for its beaches and its seasonal party life, like many places around the world with similar attractions, one doesn’t need to go far to find poverty. With the help and goodwill of locals we gained access to three different challenged communities where the innovative combination of clean water and sport proved again to be a winner.
Our goal is to expand to all places in need. Thank you for your support!
Waves For Water continues to partner with Nike and Hurley to combine water and sport. The goal is to bring people together and improve lives by giving clean water to those who don't have access...and new sporting equipment where there isn't any. As you may remember, we tested the concept in post-disaster Haiti to great results. So, we thought we would try the concept elsewhere in another type of crisis - India.
Jharkhand, India is an area notorious for sex trafficking and general exploitation and oppression of its young female population. It is also a place where much of the water is contaminated. Three years ago, a solo soccer coach from the USA started a local, community-based organization (YUWA) in rural Jharkhand to give its young people a chance at something else. And what started with pocket money and 15 barefoot girls who had never kicked a ball, is now a community of over 200 confident girls playing with skill. But still with no access to clean water. We went to Change the Game.
It took planes, trains, automobiles and motorcycles to get there and we did. We delivered 25 GameChanger Buckets and spent a week at the camp witnessing firsthand the transformation of children from five surrounding villages. We got to see orange Nike soccer balls bouncing around the field as clean water flowed on the sidelines. It means so much that we are able to play a role in keeping these young athletes healthy and on the pitch...smiling...finding a better life. Thank you for your support of the GameChanger Project and for making change possible.
Your support really helps. We are not a huge non-profit which allows us to move quickly and because of that, we also know where the funds go. We see the direct results. We see the smiles. We see the potential. Your support is a GameChanger for many people in need. Thanks for each and everyone of you. We cannot do what we do without your involvement. Please continue to donate and tell your friends.
It’s been a busy few months. We are coming off some successful missions in: Peru, Indonesia, Afghanistan and, of course, Haiti. With the recent 2-year anniversary, The Gamechanger Bucket continues its mission. To bring clean water to those in need – while also bringing the magic of sport. With your help, this bucket system has put a smile on many faces. The elders know the value of the life saving water filter but they also appreciate their kids kicking around the soccer ball and having fun. We know you all share in that joy. Let’s talk 2-year anniversary of the quake. There is still much work ahead of us. We are, on one hand, pleased with the results and the progress we are making, but on the other hand, we know there is still much work to do. We’ll get there – it just takes time and investment. That stated, there have been some recent reports, with the anniversary, that money and supplies aren’t getting to the right people. While that’s true for some, that’s not how we roll. Our network grows. Why, because we go where others don’t. Why, because we directly see the smiles after delivering the bucket systems your contributions help make possible. And in the end, it’s local community leaders like Fritz and his Magepa team, with a passion to help their own people. They continue to amaze us with each distribution. Together, we continue to move forward. We all press on. With your unwavering support, we’ll continue to deliver the tools to help those in need. Water is life. Sport is freedom. Thank you for your partnership in the ongoing mission. Attached are a few photos of the bucket in action. Great people, great stories from your great support. Keep it coming. More updates to come. Cheers, W4W
Whenever we demonstrate the water filter system to those in need we instantly see a sense of hope and amazement. But when we bring a soccer ball to the equation – well, it's a "gamechanger. Eyes light up. Smiles come out. Then, competition kicks in. There is something magical about a simple soccer ball. People can’t help it – they want to play and show off some skills – not only the kids but the adults too.
It’s great to see the Haitian people having a bit of fun. So creative. So much energy. So much warmth. In a world of super star stadiums and elite training arenas, here in Haiti, an overgrown grassy field becomes the only pitch that really matters. The moment the ball hits the ground – it’s on!
Check out a few photos that we think capture the moment and capture the great work you are doing to help accomplish.
Together, we are doing some fun things and helping a lot of people but we still have work to do. Your generous donations continue to come in and really make all the difference. We can’t do it without you.
Thanks to each and every one of you for your support!
We always feel good about giving the gift of clean water. In my opinion, water is a god given right - like air... But the fact that there are still such staggering statistics, such as - 1 out of 6 people do not have access to clean drinking water - means there is obviously a hole in the equation. I say it all the time, but there is absolutely no reason that ANYONE should die from dirty water when solutions, like the simple water filtration devices we use, exist. So our primary goal has been to fill that hole by simply connecting the brilliant technology that already exists with the people who need it. It's nobodies fault, there's just missing links in the chain sometimes. In this case, the gifted minds who created this incredible technology did their job perfectly - they created user-friendly devices that can make almost any contaminated water, potable. But it isn't necessarily their job to identify the individuals around the world who so desperately need them... or be the ones to deliver them for that matter. And the folks around the world who are in such dire need solutions like this, don't have the slightest idea that they exist. That's where we come in... and on behalf of W4W I will say we are honored to play a roll, of any size, in the big vision that so many people around the world share, which is - clean water for everyone! I am very proud that we as individuals can always do our part in this fight... and make a difference one person at a time. Actually, it is inspiring to know that one person can provide a hundred people with clean water by putting just one filter in their luggage the next time they travel. This concept was obviously the inception for our Clean Water Couriers program - which, at this point, has legitimately turned into a movement. I like fantasizing about the one for one model - each of us individually doing our part to help one another, with the end result being a complete eradication of the problem. It really is the strength in numbers philosophy and I do believe it CAN be done. And when it is... the credit will not be be shared by a few, but equally with everyone that did their part, big or small. That said, there are ways to speed up the process and one of the best is to form solid partnerships with other individuals, organizations, corporations, or groups who simply share the same passions for correcting the number of imbalances we face in the world today - in this case: clean water. Whether it's a merger of large groups or one person doing their part, the fundamentals stay the same - what separates the two models is scale. For example, through our partnership with Hurley more people around the world have clean water - period. Without a partnership of this nature we would still be happily powering away, but the scale would be dramatically different. During our last trip to Haiti proof of this point was made very clear. We went down to complete phase 2 of the GameChanger Kit project we launched last fall. The original concept for this project was simple: sport + water = GameChanger Kit. We decided that everyone in the communities we target obviously need (and benefit from) clean water... but we felt by adding a sport element into the equation it could, at the very least, provide them with a much needed escape from all the other incredibly hard problems they face each and everyday. Soccer, being the most universally played sport in the world, was the obvious choice. So for this project, in addition to the normal water filters we include, each bucket contained a soccer ball (and little cones to mark the field). We piloted the project in last September by distributing kits to two small villages in the Leogone area (epicenter of earthquake). The results were priceless... it was the first time since I started doing this work that all I thought of at the end of the day was the sound of children laughing. People are always grateful when we provide them with clean water, but in giving them an opportunity to participate in a playful activity such as soccer, truly was a game-changer for them... and for us! The power of collaboration... is a beautiful thing! This time around, we provided access to clean water and sport to 80,000 people - That's the scale I'm talking about! I feel incredibly lucky to have partnered with such committed and conscious partners as Nike and Hurley on this project... and furthermore, the partners on the ground that helped us get these kits into the communities that needed them most: Fritz Pierre-Louis, who really is the backbone of so much that we do in Haiti... and GOALS, a great grass roots organization that helped distribute the kits throughout their soccer driven community programs across the country. I have reached a conclusion through the countless projects we participate in across the globe, that to correct the imbalances of the world we must first make the choice to do our part... but ultimately, the battle will be won by us joining hands and fighting together... Attached are some of the images I shot with my phone during this project... but for a more comprehensive look viewing, please see this amazing video shot and edited by Tom Aiello - http://vimeo.com/27752717
Please continue to contribute. Your generous contributions are really making a difference for those in Haiti. Thanks for your passion and continued support.
-- Jon Rose Waves For Water - Founder
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