In 2015, the annual Bidsquare Cares holiday charity auction raised funds for charity:water to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Below wed like to share an update from charity:water on how the funds raised are going to use.
The projects we are helping fund in Tigray, the northernmost region of Ethiopia, are underway. Currently, more than 5 million people live there and less than half of them have access to clean and safe drinking water. But thanks to your help, charity:water is working to change that!
Charity:waters partner, the Relief Society of Tigray (REST), has already constructed 223 new projects through the grant the Bidsquare Cares charity auction helped fund. Now they are hard at work forming local Water Committees and training them on water point maintenance, financial management, and fee collection to ensure sustainability and accountability at each of these projects.
Additionally, schools are forming health clubs to help promote hand washing and safe water practices using educational games and role-playing activities. We truly believe that sanitation and hygiene interventions are an essential component of our work in these communities and it is amazing to see the progress that is being made.
Over the next few months, REST will continue to work with local communities to complete an additional 133 water points thanks to generosity just like yours and we cant wait to see the incredible impact these projects will have on the people of Tigray.
As soon as projects are complete, charity:water will collect GPS coordinates, photos, and other details about each community to show you the impact Bidsquare Cares has made in Ethiopia.
Thank you to everyone who donated, bid and won lots in the 2015 Bidsquare Cares auction, youre truly making a difference in bring clean, safe drinking water to Ethiopia.