Old 14th December 2009, 22:57
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The Water Project

When Water Comes ... Everything Changes

There are lots of things that are not "right" with our world. Suffering, inequality, poverty, disease... you name it. Each has devastating effects on billions of people's lives. Yet, when you stop and think about it, so many of the difficult issues facing the world's poor can be traced back to the lack of clean water.

Learn how access to clean water affects..


Bring clean water to Africa: Dig wells, give water, make a difference...

The Water Project is providing access to clean drinking water in developing nations by:

1. Matching you to one of our hard working, efficient, and proven partners who are drilling fresh water wells and other water projects.
2. Sending up to 100% of public donations to fund these efforts, ensuring your gifts provide clean water - however you choose.
3. Showing every donor how their gifts provide water through photos, short stories and GPS map coordinates.

We believe that every supporter can become part of the story of water by learning, acting, giving and then seeing the difference they make.

We're looking for some willing hands...are you ready?

A Child's Right

One Mission: Clean Water

A Child's Right is the only water relief organization whose sole focus is bringing aid to vulnerable children in urban centers. In three years we have brought clean, safe drinking water to over 2500,000 children in cities around the world.

In 2010, we will bring aid to 100,000 more.

Safe drinking water is the most essential life-sustaining requirement. There is no substitude - not at any price. In this day and age, in such a plentiful world, clean water should no longer be the privilege of some, but the basic right of every child - regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or location.

Our mission is simple: To change the lives of vulnerable children in impoverished urban areas by providing cleans, safe drinking water to orphanages, street shelters, rescue homes, schools and children's hospitals.

In 2008, nearly 92 cents out of every dollar donated to A Child's Right went directly to our clean water projects overseas and immediately benefited the vulnerable children who lie at the core of our mission.

Plan Canada

Water & Sanitation Projects

Plan works with communities to improve access to safe drinking water and to raise awareness of the importance of waste management.

More than 2.2 million children die every year – that’s four every minute – as a result of diarrhea caused by poor sanitation and hygiene.

Every year Plan helps communities build 2,000 school latrines and in the last three years has helped families and communities build an average 100,000 toilets per year, benefiting several million people.

We also provide water points in communities and schools, especially in rural areas, and establish community-based organizations to ensure the continued management and maintenance of water points.

On average, more than 80% of the money raised by Plan goes toward planning and implementing program work benefiting children and communities. Only about 20% is spent on operations and fundraising.

Food & Water Watch


Food & Water Watch protects our essential resources by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink and by helping people to take action to make a difference.

Food & Water Watch is a non-profit organization working with grassroots organizations around the world to create an economically and environmentally viable future. Through research, public and policymaker education, media, and lobbying, we advocate policies that guarantee safe, wholesome food produced in a humane and sustainable manner and public, rather than private, control of water resources including oceans, rivers, and groundwater.

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is also an executive member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award. In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly. She is also the best selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

Go boldly 'upstream' as well as 'downstream.' Downstream is giving oral rehydration to stop children dying from diarrhea. This is important but children will continue to get sick and die. Going upstream means asking why poor people do not have water or are forced to pay for it. (Usdin, S. 2007, p.129)

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Old 28th December 2009, 23:05
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Are the above organizations listed in particular order and are they all of equal importance? Just wanted to know which one to support.
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Old 29th December 2009, 00:50
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Are the above organizations listed in particular order and are they all of equal importance? Just wanted to know which one to support.
They are listed at random but here are some facts to consider before you donate.

The President, CEO of Plan USA earned $219,320 in 2008. I couldn't find a figure for the CEO of Plan Canada. I have supported Plan Canada for many years but I find the CEO salaries alarming(see the ORG-IES post above). I hope that new members to this forum can suggest additional organizations. After some online discussion we will be refining the Organizations Rating Scale (ORG-IES).

I suggest you donate to a Child's Right. I had the following email exchange regarding salaries, etc, with A Child's Right.

As a possible future donor, I would like to ask my standard question to any non-profit organization. How much salary/wages/stipends/travel expenses, etc. is received by your board members and advisers? What is the highest figure of those for a board member and an adviser. I couldn't find these figures in your financial reports.
With kind regards,

__________________________________________________ ____________________

Hi Daniel,

Board members and advisors pay their own way for any travel. We do not pay any costs for any board members or advisors- except our Executive Director who sits on the Board.
Please don’t hesitate with any questions.
Best, Eric
Eric Stowe, Director
a child's right
__________________________________________________ ____________________

Hi Eric,

thanks for your reply. I still would like to know the highest salaries or wages your organization pays out since future donors like to know these figures when comparing NGO organizations.

With kind regards,
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Sure thing, Daniel.
ED’s pay is $50,000 annually. You can see all of this on our annual report ( http://achildsright.org/financials.php ). No other board members are paid at any level for anything.
Never hesitate with any questions.
Thanks, Eric
Eric Stowe, Director
a child's right

I hope that future members will suggest organization with integrity that we can vote on and add to our list.
As Jimmy always said:Try to be good.

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