Feb. 14, 2013
As we launch into 2013, we want to start by saying thank you. Because, really and truly, we are grateful. We're grateful for each and every person who dedicates his/her time, energy, money, and passion to the safe drinking water cause.
Thank you to our 96 network members in 27 countries and our many funders who have used our services to empower 1.1 million people in over 2,368 communities with safe drinking water and/or sanitation.
A special thanks to our members in India who helped us roll out our SMS‑text reporting tool to increase the impact and sustainability of more than 13 water and sanitation projects in 2012 (with many more countries launching in 2013). We also piloted our Spanish SMS Reporting tool in Nicaragua with our member, El Porvenir. Gracias!
Thank you to Katie Spotz, a long-time Blue Planet Network water hero, for raising $100,000 for clean water projects in 2012 through her Schools for Water campaign. The projects were implemented in Kenya by Aqua Clara International and in Uganda by Drink Local. Drink Tap., both Blue Planet Network members. Katie witnessed firsthand how water was preventing children from getting an education because they were forced to walk for miles every day to get it. She also recognized that eradicating poverty is impossible without clean drinking water.
Thanks to your feedback, we redesigned our website to tell the story of the organizations and individuals who power our network. Two of these individuals are Josephine Nieto and Eunice Martinez, who live in rural communities of central California. Eunice and her family live in Tooleville and have not been able to drink the tap water since 2002 when the city told her it was unsafe. If they do, or if the children drink the water from a hose on a hot summer day, they get stomach cramps, skin rashes, and severe diarrhea. "We miss drinking the tap water," Eunice shared.
We look forward to sharing a happy ending for Eunice and Josephine later this year when our member, Community Water Center, installs water filtration systems in rural farming communities of San Joaquin Valley, California. These stories will be showcased on our new website to speed the creation of safe drinking water to others in need throughout the state.
On behalf of the children and families who now have healthier lives because of safe drinking water, thank you!
Lisa Nash and the entire Blue Planet Network team