Last year I for my birthday I asked you to give money to the group charity:water — and amazing organization that travels around drilling clean water wells in third world countries. I detailed for you the incredible ripple effects that giving clean water causes throughout a village. And we had the opportunity to join together and help fund a water drilling rig that would go drill wells in the nation of Ethiopia. Many of you responded and we raised $640.00 toward that drilling rig. You guys are awesome.
This past week, I received this note in my e-mail (many of you who donated received the same one):
The rig you funded drilled its first well!A few weeks ago, the first of the two rigs broke ground drilling its first well in Merara Village. Hours into the drill, it hit a massive aquifer of pure ground water. Soon, 450 lives here will change. And that’s just the beginning.
Each rig will go on to drill 80 new wells, and together they’ll change 80,000 lives —every single year for the next 15 years.
Now that is awesome. You helped make this happen. You literally changed the lives of 450 people in that village. You saved their lives, gave them safety, hope, security, and a chance for an education and equality. You did it.
You brought about a piece of the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Way to go. It is so amazing to see what you’ve done, you should go donate to charity:water again!
In relation to this great news, I found this article from Christianity Today very interesting. The magazine brought together a panel of economists to rate which methods of charity were actually most effective. They ranked the ten strategies presented to them as follows:
- Giving clean water to rural villages
- Funding de-worming treatments for children
- Providing mosquito nets
- Sponsoring a child
- Give word-burning stoves
- Microfinance loans
- Fund reparative surgeries
- Donate farm animals
- Drink fair-trade coffee
- Provide laptops for children in developing countries
As you can see, giving clean water came in as the #1 most effective method of charity. It’s not surprising, really, when you consider the truth of charity:water’s slogan: Water changes everything.
Thanks for being a part of bringing the Kingdom of God to Ethiopia for my birthday. It is an incredible thing to join God in his restorative work. Please keep it up!