Charity: Water

Posted by: mehaul

Charity: Water - Fri Jul 20 2012 12:56 PM

I had trouble loading the linked page. Could someone post a brief detail of the charity here?

(For those who've missed it, the link is just below the Newest Mixed Quizzes box on the FT Home Page.)
Posted by: sue943

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Jul 20 2012 01:08 PM

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Many of us have no idea what it's like to be thirsty.

Unfortunately, around the world millions of people spend much of their lives walking miles to water sources, hauling contaminated water back to their families, and suffering from preventable illnesses like worms, dysentery or other diarrheal diseases.

After learning more about charity: water's work and how they efficiently use donated funds, I thought that we at FunTrivia could do our own small part to make the lives of a small number of people easier, safer, and more enjoyable.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to build clean water projects for people in need. More specifically: for only $5000, we will be able to fund the drilling of one ground-water pump that can service up to 250 people in a developing nation.

The great thing about donating to charity: water is that 100% of our money goes directly to the water projects, and when the projects are finished, they'll show us the communities we've helped. The pump we fund will be labelled with our name, we will receive photos of it, and GPS coordinates of its location.

Water is anything but trivial. Please join us in our goal to make a difference.


It is what it says, to raise money for water in areas which have poor water supplies.

http://mycharitywater.org/p/campaign?campaign_id=28173
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Jul 20 2012 01:20 PM

Thank you Sue. That reminds me of one of the great water enjoyment scenes ever put on film, the "Happy Talk" swimming one from "South Pacific". A bit of the lyric is a propos: "...if you don't got a dream, how you gonna make that dream come true?"
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Jul 20 2012 02:13 PM

I'm generally skeptical of many charities and their ability to do real long-term good, but I found the approach that this one took to be very efficient and novel. So, I've put up a charity page to see if we can garner any interest.

I like the idea of there being a water well out there providing some villagers with clean water that exists only because of the visitors of Fun Trivia.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Jul 20 2012 03:10 PM

One of the returns I got for a google search on 'charity: water' was this:

careers. | charity: water
software developer. As Software Developer for charity: water, you'll mainly architect and create web applications. You'll improve on our code and help devise ...
http://www.charitywater.org/about/jobs.php
Posted by: WesleyCrusher

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Jul 20 2012 04:36 PM

Well, they need staff as well, don't they? I don't think this will be an overpaid job...
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Jul 20 2012 04:50 PM

Yes, and all of the expenses of the actual corporation itself are paid by private donors. 100% of public donations go directly to the water projects.
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Jul 20 2012 06:41 PM

This is excellent, I love the project idea. And it looks like we are already off to a great start.
Posted by: portgleep

Re: Charity: Water - Sun Jul 22 2012 05:32 AM

I think you should somehow draw more FT users to it, as currently (correct me if I'm wrong) we only have one line of text on the main page about it.
Posted by: sue943

Re: Charity: Water - Sun Jul 22 2012 08:21 AM

There is also a thread in the FunTrivia Lounge.

In just two days we have over 10% of our target.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Sun Jul 22 2012 09:59 AM

We'll see how it goes. I'd like to keep it unobtrusive and quiet, as I'm not certain how most people would react to feeling like a charity is being thrust upon them.
Posted by: faith177

Re: Charity: Water - Wed Aug 08 2012 10:13 AM

Will funtrivia be donating any or matching donations?
Posted by: faith177

Re: Charity: Water - Wed Aug 08 2012 10:14 AM

I think its a great idea by the way I hope we get all the way and do donate enough.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Wed Aug 08 2012 10:17 AM

I donated the first $200 myself to get things rolling.
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Charity: Water - Thu Aug 09 2012 08:46 AM

I took the plunge (sorry for the water reference, pun intended, obviously), too, Terry. What an admirable charity.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Mon Aug 13 2012 11:48 AM

Update regarding our charity:

http://www.funtrivia.com/bb.cfm?action=details&qnid=27376&boardid=1000000

FunTrivia will be sending out Gold Membership gift certificates to anyone who is able to donate $50 or more.

Thanks for all of the support so far!
Posted by: Dee30

Re: Charity: Water - Mon Aug 13 2012 04:45 PM

The Conservative team is issuing a challenge to other teams to contribute to this fund. Several of you have already given and some of you can but have put it off until later. The people need water to live, think of this the next time you get a fresh drink or take a bath or wash your car. Let us help the cause that our leader, Terry, has already checked out and show our support for this cause. Thank you and know how much you are appreciated for doing this.
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: Charity: Water - Mon Aug 13 2012 06:39 PM

I had seen your team had done that. I posted on my team board earlier today, in hopes that those who might not have seen the charity will at least see my post. :-)
Posted by: Dee30

Re: Charity: Water - Mon Aug 13 2012 08:24 PM

Thanks for all the help in spreading the word regarding the water gifting.
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Charity: Water - Mon Aug 13 2012 08:35 PM

Thanks, Salami_Swami, I have high hopes that other Team Leaders will do the same. As Dee posted above, we are CHALLENGING grin other teams to Match or Beat the total of our team for donations to this great Fundraising Project of building a well & helping 250 people be able to have fresh water. Honestly, this site ought to be able to raise 5 times that much money. I see as many as 5500+ players playing at any one time here. As I told our team THE CONSERVATIVES, $5000 is only 500 people giving $10, but with Terry's new generosity of the Gold Gift Certificate, it is also just 100 people giving $50. cool

THE CONSERVATIVES is a Small team, so surely some teams out there can Match or Beat our totals. By the way, once you've clicked to the donation page, you are on Charity: Water's website and can go through it all looking at their organization, job opportunities, purpose, etc. I especially recommend their BLOG & the story of Rachel, the 9 year old girl who wanted people to donate to Charity: Water instead of give her presents for her birthday a little over a year ago & how because of certain events has now had at least $1,500,000 given. shocked Brought tears to my eyes.
Anyway, I'd sure like to see Funtriva folks give well over $5000 to this project!

~~Tiny
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: Charity: Water - Mon Aug 13 2012 10:24 PM

Me too. I hope my post will get the llamas involved. They like a little competition... ;-)
Posted by: golfmom08

Re: Charity: Water - Wed Aug 15 2012 08:51 AM

It looks like we're at 40% of our goal! A little competition is a good thing and there are no losers!
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Aug 17 2012 09:32 PM

Was so in hopes that many would jump right into this fundraising effort. Going to that site (that's where you go when you hit the link to donate) and going to Charity: Water's blog is really inspiring. Maybe posting the link to that blog on your team message board might draw some more interest. I think I will try that.
http://www.charitywater.org/blog/

Rachel's Gift, one year later, especially touched my heart. I actually think I saw this story when her parents were on TV.

~~Tiny
Posted by: Jabberwok

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Aug 18 2012 01:31 AM

I'm a little disappointed too, if everyone donated the price of a coffee, imagine how much we'd raise.
42 donations so far, out of thousands and thousands of possibles.
Posted by: Midget40

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Aug 18 2012 11:35 AM

I think you all need to remember that many people donate on a regular basis to many charities - some may even already be supporting charities that provide wells and clean drinking water.

It is a great charity but a lot of people don't like feeling like they are being pushed to donate when they are just visiting their trivia site for some fun.

The link is there - people who are humanitarians will visit of their own accord and donate if they so choose - others never will no matter how many places you write it.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Aug 18 2012 11:40 AM

Thanks for saying what I have been thinking. I have already overspent my charitable donations budget for this year, and really can't afford to be "guilted" into donating to another one. I'm sure there are others here in the same boat.
Posted by: Jabberwok

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Aug 18 2012 12:05 PM

I didn't mean to make anyone feel uncomfortable. frown
It's just such a fundamental right that so many are denied.
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Aug 18 2012 12:54 PM

I'm sorry for anyone that might feel uncomfortable, too. Suppose I didn't think about it because I never feel guilty when I don't want to give to any particular charity. My spouse & I give 100s of dollars through our church & some other organizations on a lower middle class income. We've previously given toward water filtration projects in S. America through our church.

Our budget is tight enough that I don't spend money on being a Gold member. I will have been a Gold twice when I take advantage of the current gift from Terry for donating (which I didn't know about when I chose to give) and when a teammate gave me a gift certificate. However, when we see an opportunity to help & feel in our hearts that it is something worthwhile, we trust the Lord to help us have the money to give & He does. We just don't put any limit on our charity because we borrow it from some place else in our budget if necessary (like our budgeted $20 every 2 weeks for eating out).

I don't believe any of us wants anyone to give out of guilt (and I KNOW Terry doesn't, as he's already said so!), so anyone who thinks that way needs to just realize it isn't true & do whatever their heart tells them to do... that is, give or not give. That's their privilege & their right. This won't cause me to keep trying to get people to take a look at the need & the opportunity because I think each of us should make decisions one way or another, rather than go about our merry ways or busy lives or overwhelmed personal existances & avoid helping out of not knowing the need & the special opportunity to give.

God bless all who have given toward their own personal charities & walked in generosity however they are led as well as those how have chosen to give to this project.

~~Tiny
Posted by: Jabberwok

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Aug 18 2012 01:07 PM

Mine was easier, we had a compulsory water meter fitted 6 months ago and our bill went down because we conserve resources. So I put the difference into the pot for the charity.
I agree that I was thoughtless, we have so many chuggers (charity muggers) round here, and half a dozen donation bags through the letter box every week. I too have no problem saying a guilt-free no. So apologies again.
Posted by: skunkee

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Aug 18 2012 01:45 PM

We have hooked up with a school in Africa and have been sending money and supplies there. It may not be as basic a right as clean water, but as a retired teacher I believe strongly in a right to basic education.
Posted by: Midget40

Re: Charity: Water - Sun Aug 19 2012 05:35 AM

I'm sorry that I made any of you feel guilty - that certainly wasn't my intention.

I think it's great that you are all so passionate about a good cause.

It was just supposed to be a gentle reminder that others do feel differently.

I personally believe in giving to charitys but I know a lot of people that do get annoyed when they perceive they are being asked for money to support anything (maybe that is their guilty conscience) but we don't want to scare them from the site by making them feel uncomfortable.
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: Charity: Water - Sun Aug 19 2012 06:09 AM

Certainly no-one should feel guilty - or feel they're being pressurised - if they don't want or aren't able to donate to this charity (or any other). Giving to charity should never be a guilt trip.

But it is a good charity, it's a nice idea having a shared fundraising objective that people can chip in to if they wish, and there's certainly nothing wrong with people flagging it up sensitively on forums across the site.

It shouldn't be controversial, so let's keep it positive. smile
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Sun Aug 19 2012 10:09 AM

I am quite happy with how it is progressing. 40% of the way to the goal. If it takes another year to reach the end, well, so be it. Even if we didn't raise another dollar, we've made a difference.

I have not aggressively advertised or pushed this precisely because I don't want it to appear pushy or preachy. It's a background activity that those who both are able to and want to assist in are free to do so.

Terry
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Tue Aug 21 2012 02:59 PM

Well we passed 50% of the goal this morning!
Posted by: agony

Re: Charity: Water - Tue Aug 21 2012 03:52 PM

That's fantastic. Even if we don't make the goal, that's still a substantial amount of money that can do some real good.
Posted by: underscored

Re: Charity: Water - Tue Aug 21 2012 05:11 PM

I seriously think it is a good idea that if the money goes over the target then that amount can be banked and after the hole is dug and the work is done and everything is up and running, then another project for water , some where else cvould be started with the target amount being 1000 dollars above what is needed - again when the target is reached another well could be dug, theoretically this method could produce many fresh water taps all over the world - where they are needed.
In a perfect world ( I WISH) the many, who are actually quite rich in these countries would share their wealth and fix up their own country, look after their own people - not starve them.
Many of these countries where people are starving are literally rolling in riches which are claimed by a few - while this does make me angry, it is I believe the very definition of humane to demonstrate an unwillingness to be so greedy as to kill in this manner
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Aug 31 2012 08:11 PM

The total is slowly creeping upwards. Just a bit more and that 60% would be reached. Thanks to everyone who has donated to this great cause. For all those who want to encourage others to give or just remind them, this might be a good time to remind people on our teams of the opportunity without any pressure or guilting. I know there are times when I "intend" to do something, but put it off for one reason or another and can use a little encouragement to go ahead & do it!

~~Tiny
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Charity: Water - Wed Sep 05 2012 07:41 PM

There it is - 60%. Hopefully it will spark some new interest to reach the goal in 24 days.
Posted by: faith177

Re: Charity: Water - Thu Sep 13 2012 02:21 PM


I went to the page and donated but it is not recorded. I did click on a button that got me to a paypal page, would that have taken me out of our page and just recorded as a donation to them privately and not as a funtrivia member?
Posted by: Jabberwok

Re: Charity: Water - Thu Sep 13 2012 03:00 PM

I always use Paypal, it is just a safe transfer of funds and would have recorded the donation as you wished it to be. I got a bit confused when the charity form wanted a surname, so that's why I'm Jabberwok Llama. smile
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Thu Sep 13 2012 03:47 PM

Hmm not sure faith, that is strange. Was there a field that you were presented with to add a "comment"?
Posted by: faith177

Re: Charity: Water - Thu Sep 13 2012 11:03 PM

yes and I did add a comment then it was a page for my credit card info, but I didnt fill it out there because I feel safer using paypal. I found a page that had paypal option on it and donated through that. So you dont see my payment as a donation Terry?
Posted by: faith177

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Sep 15 2012 01:12 PM

ok never mind I talked to them and figured out what happened.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Sep 15 2012 04:15 PM

Ok thanks -- will it appear by itself over time then on the list?
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Tue Sep 18 2012 04:20 PM

We stand at 85% of our goal with 12 days left! Thank you so much to those who have donated. It's going to be close, but I think we can do it.

Please help us with our final push!
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Sep 21 2012 08:34 PM

We did it!!

Thanks to your contributions, we have raised our $5000 goal for Charity: Water. That is enough for the charity to install a well system for a village in a country of need. We will keep our donation page open for the duration of our campaign (8 days) in case anyone would like to raise our total.

Thanks for helping us make a difference.

I will post the project report that they will send us when the project gets installed, which should be sometime over the next year.
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Sep 21 2012 08:50 PM

That is so awesome! What a wonderful charity. smile
Posted by: satguru

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Sep 21 2012 09:11 PM

Great to hear it. I'd been checking out various problems worldwide and as water is the most essential item for life and actually easier to provide than food as relies more on infrastructure which once in place should work as long as there isn't a major drought, has to be one of the first ones to donate to as will make the most difference. And if used for infrastructure like pipework and sewage will last for a century or more once in place and save millions of diseases from the alternatives.
Posted by: george48

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Sep 21 2012 10:13 PM

I didn't see the paypal option, as i tried to give earlier this evening and it asked for credit card info and i don't use credit cards anymore.
Can we still give or is it capped now?
Posted by: Terry

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Sep 21 2012 10:18 PM

Yes, it's still open for donations and will be so for the next 8 days. Thanks!
Posted by: agony

Re: Charity: Water - Fri Sep 21 2012 11:18 PM

This is so great - glad we made our goal and will be interested to learn about what happens next.
Posted by: Barbarini

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Sep 22 2012 12:35 AM

Well done everyone and thanks Terry for making it happen. This little well of ours is going to change a lot of lives.
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Sep 22 2012 04:04 AM

Yay! smilee
Posted by: Daaanieeel

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Sep 22 2012 06:31 AM

That's great news, thanks so much Terry for organising this. Truly a great cause.
Posted by: demurechicky

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Sep 22 2012 04:55 PM

Excellent news! Well done everyone!
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Charity: Water - Sat Sep 22 2012 08:56 PM

So glad we reached the goal! AND will be watching for updates, Terry. Thank you so much for providing this opportunity to do something really worthwhile that will make such a difference to so many people for our small involvement. I hope you consider doing this on a yearly basis.

~~Tiny
Posted by: golfmom08

The water project - Tue Aug 20 2013 08:09 PM

I was wondering what ever happened with the Water project the site was involved in. I can't remember how long ago it was, but money was raised through donations from our Fun Trivia members. Just curious!
Posted by: Terry

Re: The water project - Tue Aug 20 2013 08:45 PM

The project is currently underway. Charity water will be sending us an update with precisely where and how the money was spent when the project is complete. I suspect that will be within the next 6-8 months or so. Will certainly update in a news item when I get the info!
Posted by: golfmom08

Re: The water project - Wed Aug 21 2013 04:14 PM

Thank you!
Posted by: portgleep

Re: Charity: Water - Sun Aug 25 2013 11:25 PM

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/the-real-future-of-clean-water/

A fascinating article in the Times last week, largely about Charity:Water. Would urge everyone to give it a read!