Every year, 3.575 million people die as a direct result of diseases incurred from dirty and unsafe water, primarily diarrheal illnesses and disease. Unfortunately, most of those who succumb to illnesses stemming from unsafe water are children under the age of five, translating to nearly 60 percent (2.2 million) of those who die. That amounts to one child under the age of five dying every two minutes.
As a result, dirty water and poor sanitation have ended more lives in the last century than any other leading cause of death, including cancer, smoking, and obesity. However, there are several ways you can help! Below, we explore five clean water fundraising ideas that can help raise money to provide access to clean and safe water to those in need worldwide.
5 Clean Water Fundraising Ideas
#1. Safe Water Run
While maintaining social distancing guidelines, it is easy to host a safe water run where participants can complete the course to raise money. You could have sponsors pay a certain amount per mile ran or donate a single amount for your participation.
For example, a teacher named Eric Guddle wanted to raise awareness and funds for safe water by creating a safe water run called 40FOR40 as a generous and selfless way of spending his 40th birthday celebration. Therefore, he pledged to complete a 40-mile run, congruence with for his 40th birthday, partnering with Healing Waters International to make his goal of raising $8,000.
#2. A Clean Water Bucket Drive
In countries with little access to safe, clean drinking water, the task of collecting the daily need for water typically falls on the women and children. The average distance that someone in a developing community walks to fetch water is 3.75 miles, and the journey is even more challenging once the water containers are full.
To symbolize this, you and your group of friends & family, church group, or organization can collect change in any sort of bucket or bottle (e.g. water bottle, jug, pail, empty gallon of milk, etc.) to raise funds for providing clean and safe water to those in need. Make an event of it! Your group can get creative together and coin the event “Penny Monday,” “Nickel Tuesday,” or even “Dollar Day.”
#3. Sponsor a Casual Day at School or the Office
With the school season returning, things are looking different after adjusting to the global pandemic. However, a fun, casual dress day can bring a fun element to a classroom! After receiving permission, sponsor a casual dress day or week where students can donate for clean water in exchange for dressing casually.
Does your office have a strict business dress code? Would they allow a Jean Day if it were for a good cause? Sponsoring a casual dress day at the office is a fun clean water fundraising idea that could turn around any Monday blues.
#4. Birthday Clean Water Fundraiser
Just how Eric Guddle organized a safe water run for his 40th birthday celebration, think of how you could use your birthday to help those without access to safe, clean water. Instead of accepting gifts or money for your birthday, make a social media post requesting that your friends and family donate to your clean water fundraiser. The generosity that comes from a single birthday request could surprise you!
#5. Dining for Safe Water Fundraisers
There are many restaurants, diners, ice cream parlors, and local markets that are happy to partner with fundraisers. Even now with COVID-19 restrictions, some restaurants are willing to partner with fundraisers even if they are operating under carry out only limitations and are not currently able to offer dine-in options. You could still do fundraisers with mobile pick-up orders.
Try contacting a few local dining establishments to see if they would be willing to help your clean water fundraiser by donating 10%, 15%, or 20% of the night’s proceeds. Then, share the news with friends, family, and social media to encourage others to participate!
Instilling Hope with Healing Waters International
Hope leads to thriving. We believe people thrive when their physical and spiritual needs are met. Instilling hope in others helps change people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. When people have hope, they positively change, leading to improved health. Hope-filled, healthy people do not have to worry about where their clean water will come from.
At Healing Waters International, our model is incomplete without this key element. Freed from the burden of unsafe water, our prayer and vision are that people don’t just survive, they thrive: full of hope and the freedom to learn, love, work and pursue their dreams.
Engage in Long-Term Success
We work with the local community to produce long-term monitoring and evaluation plans. Reporting water program outputs and impact not only ensures accountability but enables us to learn how to keep doing things better. It also allows local leaders to adjust and make improvements in hardware and practices that keep safe water flowing for generations to come.
Our experience over the last 15 years has taught us the value of strategic partnerships. We partner with other like-minded organizations whose mission, vision, and approach to poverty alleviation aligns with our own and who have identified safe water as an essential component of their work. This includes local churches within the communities, church leaders at the national level, as well as international non-profits including Compassion International, Food for the Hungry, and many others.
We all need the chance to pursue a quality of life that begins with the necessity of accessible, safe water. And we can all do something to help! We invite you to join us at Healing Waters International.
Contact us today for more information about ways to partner with us. Together, we can end the global water crisis!
We’re on a mission to end the global water crisis. We build holistic clean water solutions and spread God’s love in at-risk communities around the world, empowering people not just to survive, but to thrive – physically, socially and spiritually.