March 22, 2013
Today is World Water Day! Please take a minute to learn about the water crisis, our new campaign with charity: water and what you can do to be part of the solution to this sad situation that kills more people than all forms of violence, including war.
Over one year ago, BNE became an NPO and set out on a mission to help solve the world water crisis. We managed to raise a lot of awareness, got some cool artists involved, repaired a well in Jakarta, Indonesia and completed a well project at a school/orphanage in Mulajji Village, Uganda. It was really inspiring when people from over 40 different countries joined our movement and made all of this possible.
Even though we managed to provide over 2000 people with access to clean, safe water, we feel that we could have accomplished much more. The beginning was truly a big learning experience. The biggest mistake we made was trying to do too much too soon. A few of us all working for free literally did everything from web and product design, packing and shipping, social media, artist relations; we even traveled to a remote part of Indonesia called Gunung Kidul. Our small team tried to do a huge water project with no outside help, just us and the community. The Gunung Kidul project didn’t work out, but we tried!
We found ourselves competing for donations with other NPO’s who are all doing really inspiring work in the water sector. It made more sense for us to team up with these amazing organizations who are also dedicated to this urgent cause. So from now on, charity: water’s local partners on the ground will implement all of the projects we fund. They know the terrain, the communities and most importantly, know what they are doing.
This awesome platform that the charity: water team has worked hard to create, will now accept all donations from BNE supporters around the world. Funds that we raise from selling environmentally responsible products and art will also be donated here.
Imagine if you had no clean water. Imagine walking hours to the nearest river to collect water for your family — water that’s not even clean. Imagine giving that water to your kids. While this might seem unimaginable to us, it’s a reality for about 780 million people in developing countries.
Please get involved and help us provide an Ethiopian community in need with access to clean safe drinking water.
100% of the money we raise will go directly to water project costs, funding long-lasting clean water solutions for people in need. When the projects are successfully completed, we will show you the exact communities we’ve helped using photos and GPS coordinates.