Posted on | December 7, 2012 | No Comments
As we enter the last five days of the fundraiser, you have helped raised over $35,000! That’s huge! We believe we can make our $100,000 goal with your help. We know you’ve been hard at work getting the word out, encouraging others to donate and we want to take a moment to say THANK YOU. Thank you from us at the PwP virtual headquarters and thank you from Water.org. Here’s a note from Nicole Wickenhauser, Senior Development Manager at Water.org:
The outpouring of support for Passports with Purpose’s fundraiser to bring clean water to impoverished communities in Haiti has been tremendous and inspiring. As I was thinking through what to highlight in this post, Margaret Mead’s famous quote kept coming to mind, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
This is certainly true of the four women (Debbie, Pam, Michele, and Beth) who conceived of and launched Passports with Purpose. It stemmed from their desire to help others and what was just an idea five years ago has grown into an annual event that has improved the lives of people in need around the world. It has succeeded because of the support of other committed citizens around the globe, from travel bloggers, to media, to corporate supporters, to the countless individuals who are engaging their own circles to participate and make a difference.
The communities in Haiti that Water.org works with also prove the truth of Margaret Mead’s saying.
Community leadership and ownership is at the heart of all Water.org’s programs, and nowhere does this hold truer than in Haiti. At Water.org we often find ourselves explaining “drilling a well is the easy part.” Drilling a well takes a couple of days, but laying the social groundwork necessary to sustain the system in the long-term takes much longer.
To start at the beginning of the project timeline, it is actually the communities themselves that take the initiative and apply to Water.org for a new well. Once approved, they are involved in every step of the process. They elect a local water committee, with each member holding a different and important role. They agree ahead of time where the well will be located, how much to charge for its use, how much to put aside for maintenance, how often to collect fees, and how to handle the multitude of other questions associated with the well’s successful maintenance and use. (Read stories from Haitian communities.)
In the end, what communities gain is the capacity to work together for change; and this extends far beyond the well, to the next challenge they will tackle together. And their example serves as a catalyst for the neighboring community, and then the next. Working together, first in our own circle, and then rippling out – is how we’ll change the world.
I invite you check out this 4-minute “A Promise to Haiti” video that highlights Water.org’s work and the difference your contribution makes. Thank you everyone for your role in the Passports with Purpose fundraiser!
Remember, donations for one of the amazing prizes ends on December 11 at 11:59 pm EST, but we’ll still continue to take donations for Water.org into the new year. THANK YOU!