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Though we make a good faith effort to preserve visitor privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when we believe that we are legally required to do so (e.g., to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our website).
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If, however, we are going to use visitors’ personally identifiable information in a manner significantly different from that stated at the time of collection, we will notify visitors via e-mail and will not disclose the information unless express permission is granted. However, if visitors have opted out of all communication with the site or deleted/deactivated their account, then they will not be contacted, nor will their personal information be used in this new manner.
Global Impact builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people. Serving both private sector and nonprofit organizations, we provide integrated advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; as well as fiscal agency and technology services.
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization works towards bettering the world by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with nearly 100 private sector and over 300 public sector entities to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities, including CARE, Doctors Without Borders, Heifer International, Save the Children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and World Vision. Through these partnerships, Global Impact meets real needs with real results by supporting programs focused on clean water, disaster relief and resiliency, economic development, education, environmental sustainability, global health and child survival, human trafficking, hunger, malaria, and women and girls.
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Water For People’s mission is a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Water For People brings together local entrepreneurs, civil society, governments, and communities to establish creative, collaborative solutions that allow people to build and maintain their own reliable safe water systems. Empowering everyone transforms people’s lives by improving health and economic productivity to end the cycle of poverty.
Water For People’s goal is simple: Water for everyone, forever. The road to permanent water coverage for everyone forever is challenging, but the outcomes are easy to root for—more children are in school, more individuals are employed, more families are healthy and thriving, and more communities are collaborating and growing.
Water For People collaborates with IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, and Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) to target districts in defined geographic regions for an Everyone, Forever program.
Success is defined as every household, every school, and every public health facility/clinic in those regions having access to improved water and sanitation services.
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Global Impact currently does not have a rating with Charity Navigator. However, until May 2015 we maintained a three-star rating with this organization. The reason for the change is not due to poor performance, but rather is due to the fact that Global Impact recently changed our operating model, which changed how our financial statements are structured.
Since Charity Navigator’s methodology compares current financials to previous financials, and the comparative financial information has changed based on the new model, they cannot appropriately rate us at this time. We understand that we will regain our rating within two years when our new financial statements can be compared to a previous year.
Global Impact’s financial performance, transparency and credibility as strong as ever. Please see our BBB and other ratings for assessments of our performance.
Water is essential to human life. Yet, worldwide, nearly one billion people lack access to safe water supplies.
In fact, more people die each year from unsanitary water than from violence, including war.
The World Health Organization reports that over 3.6 percent of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Having access to safe, clean water does more than save a life—it reassures a future.
Each year, 3.4 million people die from
More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
Seven hundred eighty million people lack access to
Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.
Every 21 seconds a child dies from a water related illness.
The Global Impact Clean Water Fund brings together four of the most respected, best-in-the-business international organizations focused on bringing clean water and providing access to clean water to those in need.
Through this fund, you will join with millions of people to change the world by helping around the world to improve forest and freshwater management, build wells and piping systems, teach proper sanitation, install water stations and more.
Your contributions go directly to supporting real and meaningful work to provide clean water to those who need
WHERE WE WORK AND WHAT WE DO
The impact the Desert Research Institute (DRI), a Global Impact charity partner, has made on the international water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector is a story rooted in the remarkable transformation of Oku Junction in Ghana’s Greater Afram Plains. It is a story grounded in DRI’s partnership with World Vision and a shared commitment to alleviate the suffering wrought by Guinea worm on millions of impoverished rural Ghanaians through provision of safe, sustainable water supply.
In the early 1990s, Ghana’s Greater Afram Plains (GAP) was an area of very remote access and difficult terrain, where safe drinking water, improved sanitation and basic hygiene was nearly non-existent.
The lack of safe water coupled with the absence of improved sanitation and hygiene meant water-borne diseases, including the devastating Guinea worm, were rife. Guinea worm eggs lodge in a microscopic water flea, which people swallow with untreated water. The disease tends to concentrate in rural areas among the poorest of the poor. There is no treatment or vaccine. The worms (up to three feet in length) emerge from victims in a process so painful it can stop people from working for up to 3 months. It is no surpise that this disease has profound health and economic impacts on communities.
The absence of safe water also meant permanent settlements necessary for economic development were extremely difficult to sustain. Women and girls would spend hours each day fetching water, precluding them from attending school and economically contributing to their communities.
Recognizing the central importance safe water plays in lifting people out of poverty and motivated by a shared desire to eradicate the destructive guinea worm disease from Ghana and in particular, the GAP, World Vision, with the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, established their first long-term partnership in the WASH sector in 1990. Despite the positive impact of this program on thousands of people, broad transformation and poverty alleviation remained elusive due to the relatively low overall wet well success rate in the GAP.
Recognizing that successful eradication of Guinea worm would require improved well siting, DRI officially joined the partnership in 1991 to develop techniques for exploring for groundwater using remote sensing technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Over time, DRI’s contributions proved central to the improved drilling success rates for hand pump wells that led to broad-scale safe water access and the eradication of Guinea worm in Oku Junction and throughout the Greater Afram Plains. DRI’s work would also grow to encompass critical water quality improvements, including analysis and research into the use of local materials to treat water. After water quality testing revealed high levels of arsenic, iron and fluoride in some of World Vision’s wells, DRI helped World Vision to develop low-cost water treatment facilities to remove these chemicals.
In 1989 Ghana had over 180,000 cases of guinea worm, most of these being in the GAP. In less than 20 years, Ghana has virtually none and due is to be certified by the WHO as being a Guinea worm-free country.
Oku Junction today is entirely guinea worm free. DRI’s work with World Vision in the GAP was central to this accomplishment, and to creating the thriving, permanent communities that now exist throughout the Afram Plains, including Oku Junction.
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Imagine having to choose between buying bottled water or school supplies for your child. Now, bright eight-year Bethy in Addis Ababa has clean water, all day every day, at school. Her family does not have to choose between sending her to school with supplies and ensuring she gets clean water.
Splash, a Global Impact charity partner, met Bethy on a visit to the WorldWide Orphans (WWO) Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the spring of 2012. Her adorable, mischievous smile and bright eyes are matched only by a vibrant personality and captivating spirit. Half of Bethy’s classmates come from a local orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS, while the other half are children like Bethy, who come from disadvantaged families in the surrounding community. The children receive breakfast and lunch on site as well as extra tutoring, shuttles to and from where they reside, and most importantly, a top-rated education.
Bethy (short for "Bethlehem") lives in a one-room, humble, but well-kept home with her parents and two-year-old sister. They are part of a very close-knit, supportive community; their home is closely situated among others like it. Bethy’s father is a carpenter, and while he makes just enough to support his family, purchasing bottled water for Bethy to take to school would be a tremendous hardship. Since Splash installed the water system at WWO Academy, Bethy now has a reliable source of safe drinking water at school.
Bethy, along with her classmates, will also soon be learning the importance of hygiene—especially handwashing—to stay healthy. With the help of an experienced, local health and hygiene partner, Splash is launching a Hygiene Education program for partner sites. With clean water and clean hands, Bethy will be less likely to miss school because of illness—and more likely to reach her full potential!
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Childhood is a time to play, learn, explore, and dream about the future. But for millions of children around the world, especially girls, their youth is marred by something most of us would never think twice about: a shortage of safe drinking water and clean, secure sanitation facilities.
In West Bengal, India, 10th grader Noor-e-Naksima is doing her part in preserving her childhood and that of her classmates at Pabdana Hifzul Ullum High School. She’s served as secretary of her school’s WATSAN committee (Water and Sanitation Committee) for years, and actively participates in their weekly hygiene sessions.
“I have been in the WATSAN committee since its institutionalization,” Naksima says. “I was inspired by how having an arsenic filter plant installed at my school made a huge difference within the community and school.”
Arsenic contamination is a common problem in West Bengal, leading to high rates of student illness. In 2011, Water For People, a Global Impact charity partner, collaborated with Naihati Prolife (a local NGO) to install a hand-pump, drinking water taps, toilets, changing rooms, and incinerators in the school. They also established a maintenance system through the WATSAN committee, funded by the students themselves. Naksima helps with upkeep such as checking for pipe leaks, stocking cleaning supplies, and testing for continual running water.
The students now have a new perspective on hygiene, and regular menstrual hygiene education has decreased absenteeism rates among girls. “Girl students now get to use sanitary napkins and are aware of how to maintain menstrual hygiene discipline and feel more confident in sharing our issues with teachers,” Naksima explains.
The other students respect Naksima for her dedication to their health and safety. Many of them joined WATSAN over the years with her encouragement, and they are inspired to continue her good work once she leaves at the end of the school year for college. “I like to bring others on WATSAN board and help maintain the precious facilities that we have got,” Naksima says with pride.
Rhyming along a poem written by Tagore “Aaj Mangalbar Jangal Saf Korar Din” (Today is Tuesday, the day we clean); Naksima joins the other students to finish their work so they can play.
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In the community of La Caridad, El Salvador, fetching water once meant a long, excruciating walk and a disappointing return. However, thanks to the work of World Vision, a Global Impact charity partner,, nearly 200 families now have access to safe, life-giving water right at home.
Reina lives in La Caridad, El Salvador, a community that historically received water from either a well about two-thirds of a mile away or a river about three miles away. She is 33 years old—and she lived the first 30 years of her life without water access. But thanks to World Vision’s help, hers is among one of the 200 families who have access to clean water at home.
A history of struggle
In the dry season, these sources still weren’t enough, so Reina’s family and all the others in the area were limited to just one jug of water a day, per family.
“Taking a bath was even a problem because we were much rationed,” she says. “We got up at 2 o’clock in the morning to go to the well to be the first ones to fill our water jugs, or else we walked to the river carrying our dirty clothes and water jugs. We bathed in the river, but due to the walking, we sweat, we got all dirty with dust, and came back home dirtier than before leaving home.”
Throughout La Caridad, others had similar experiences. Men, women, and children joined in caravans to go up to Paso Hondo River. The ones that had oxen to carry the water had better luck, but most of them carried the water themselves, causing damage to their necks, backs, and hips.
Fetching water took so much time that it prevented women from performing the work to protect the family’s health, taking care of the children, and tending to crops. Sometimes children were even late to school because they had to help carry water.
Lack of water and poverty are interrelated and affect the most vulnerable communities. According to the World Health Organization, water scarcity affects four out of every 10 people in the world.
For Reina’s community, though, hope sprung in 2003 when the city hall paid for diggers to come in and search for water. They didn’t initially find any, but the community insisted there was water, so the diggers continued.
They finally found it, and with help from government funds, the city hall constructed a water pumping system that supplied 98 families. It wasn’t enough for all 935 people in La Caridad —more than 700 of whom were under age 18—but it was a start.
Then, in 2011, World Vision helped strengthen the water system by constructing a 3,500-cubic-foot water tank and office. The organization also helped obtain legal status for the local association that oversees the water projects, and provided training and improved efficiency for the association and its board of directors.
Now, 186 families—including Reina’s—receive water at their homes.
“To live 30 years of my life without water has been difficult. I lacked water until 2011 when drinking water was introduced,” Reina says. “The water we drank was contaminated. It is sad to see that children get sick [from] drinking bad-quality water. They now live in paradise because they have good, pure, and healthy water.”
Convenient access to water also facilitates domestic and agricultural work. Families can now grow vegetable gardens, and they can decorate the entrances to their homes with flower gardens.
But they don’t take the gift of clean water for granted. Parents teach their sons and daughters to take care of it and to get involved in water-preserving activities.
La Caridad is now a model for the surrounding communities, and soon more water projects in those areas will reach completion to help another 2,500 people.
“We have always trusted World Vision. It helped us to benefit more families with the vital liquid,” says Rigoberto Ramirez, one of the key leaders in the water association. “We always have water, whether there is electricity or not, with the construction of the tank. We have also been trained on project management, community organization, and water system self-sustainability. They inspired passion and dreams for the community in us.”
All content courtesy of World Vision.
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