Thank you to the generous donors to BridgIT’s well refurbishment program. During the past quarter we have built momentum to have a great year for this project. We have an essentially endless list of villages with broken water wells that need refurbishment, and with your help, we can meet the enormous demand.
Currently BridgIT can replace the hand pump, pipes, tank and head assemblies, and repair the pedestal, platform, and runoff channel for about US$1,250. This means that for less than US$1.65/beneficiary, we can gift potable water to these Dalit people (formerly referred to as “Untouchables”) who are currently living in water crisis. When you contribute to this fundraiser, you profoundly change the lives of so many people so cost-effectively. Call it ‘effective altruism’ or humanitarianism – BridgIT Brings a Big Bang for the Philanthropic Buck!
#GivingTuesday is a BIG fundraising day for BridgIT Water Foundation. BridgIT's goal is to raise $25,000 to bring potable water to about 15,000 people.
This year GlobalGiving will "Move a Million" by providing US$1.2 Million in incentives to its nonprofit partners that receive online donations:
WHEN: Between 19:00:00 on November 27th - 18:59:59 Eastern Standard Time on November 28th.
DETAILS: Donations up to US$2,500 per unique donor per organization will be eligible to receive incentive funds, and incentive funds will be allocated to each organization based on their percentage of all funds raised during the #GivingTuesday event.
HOW: BridgIT strongly encourages its generous supporters to donate online to its projects on GlobalGiving on #GivingTuesday by clicking on the links below:
1. India Water Crisis Well Refurbishment Program, Projects #55561, is a very cost-effective project providing safe, clean water to rural Dalit people in Andhra Pradesh India. An average of 814 villagers benefit from each refurb at a cost of about US$1.54/person.
2. Refurbishing Water Wells Saves Lives in Uganda, Project #47702, provides safe, clean water to rural Ugandan villagers whose wells have fallen into disrepair. This project is extremely cost-effective because an average of 925 people benefit from each refurb, which cost US$1,500. This means sustainable water is provided at US$1.62/person.
3. Save Wildlife, Save People w/ Conservation Wells, Project #58312, provides funds needed to refurbish broken water wells in rural Malawi, near the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. This project promotes wildlife conservation because the villagers essentially trade wildlife protection and conservation for safe, clean water.
Please participate in BridgIT's #GivingTuesday fundraiser on GlobalGiving so we can benefit from the financial incentives offered by GlobalGiving.
BridgIT is pleased to announce that it has refurbished 22 wells in India so far this year, and we continue to move as quickly as possible to help thousands of people escape from their water crises.
During the past quarter, BridgIT has complete 23 water wells projects in Andhra Pradesh, 8 refurbished wells and 15 drilled wells! However, these were all funded from corporate or foundation sources. This crowdfunding campaign was able to successfully raise some funding for the next well refurbishment, but not enough to complete a project. We need to redouble our efforts to reach out to potential sponsors such that we can bring the basic human right of safe, clean water to more people via this campaign.
For the past 6 months, GlobalGiving sponsored BridgIT Water Foundation in a social media marketing class. Lightful.com was our service provider with the goal to help us expand our online audience, and hopefully our online fundraising. We learned the value of storytelling on social media and trust building everywhere. Based on the courses available to us in the Lightful Academy, and the “Masterclass” webinars, we have become more sophisticated in our social media outreach.
Please check BridgIT’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages to see some of the posts which tell stories about our work, testimonials from beneficiaries, and more. In addition, we have started a newsletter to keep people aware of the latest news.
Thank you for supporting BridgIT’s Andhra Pradesh, India well refurbishment campaign.
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