As a board member for clean water social enterprise DayOne Response, I’ve been asked this a lot lately – especially post the trifecta of hurricanes. People are telling me that the daily news and the escalating humanitarian crises in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean is making them feel frustrated, fatigued and tapped out. Add this to other humanitarian crises around the world and they wonder – Where are my donations going? Are my donations having an immediate and lasting impact?
The most gratifying aspect of my involvement with DayOne Response is the measurable impact of the work we do. For every deployment of the DayOne Waterbag – a portable water purification technology – an implementing non-profit partner, NGO or first responder with local knowledge ensures that the solution is needed, welcomed and utilized.
If this resonates, keep reading and consider one or more of these impactful actions:
- Make an introduction. Connect your company’s marketing or CSR department to Amy Cagle Mali at DayOne Response to discuss a corporate sponsorship.
A variety of levels and formats are available. One example is Toyota USA’s sponsorship that translated into over 1.8 million liters of clean drinking water with implementing partners Direct Relief and Convoy of Hope distributing 3,500+ DayOne Waterbags directly to families post Harvey and Irma.
Direct Relief and Convoy of Hope are responding in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. They have identified specific areas where the need for clean water is most critical and where deployment of the Waterbag and its water purification capabilities will be used now and until the water infrastructure is restored.
If your company is interested in another part of the world, sponsorship opportunities are available around the globe. We are also currently implementing programs in East Africa, Western Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.
- Sponsor a DayOne Waterbag Dirty, contaminated water is abundant in these disaster areas – clean water is not. The Waterbag empowers survivors to collect, treat and store their own clean water supply. Just one Waterbag supports a family of 4-5 individuals with a minimum of 2 months of clean drinking water.
- Donate to Direct Relief or Convoy of Hope: These two well organized, highly respected and top-rated charities were among the first to hit the ground post Harvey/Irma/Maria. While you can’t earmark individual donations towards water, these organizations have a reputation of directing them to where they are needed most.
If you’d like more information on DayOne Response, our hurricane relief efforts or our work in clean water around the world, I’m happy to talk further and/or introduce you to the enterprise’s dynamic team.
Thank you –
DayOne Response Board of Directors
More about the DayOne Waterbag:
- 30-sec intro video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N26P7_fYvtQ
- Supports a family of 4-5individuals with a minimum of 2 months of clean drinking water at which time power, water, and infrastructure is often back online.
- Treats contaminated freshwater sources such as floodwater and even wastewater.
- Meets US EPA requirements.
- Replaces or supplements the need for bottled water/canned water. While bottled water is a one-time solution, the DayOne Waterbag is a longer-term solution allowing families to treat their own water at home or at local water sources.
- Can also be used at health clinics, schools and businesses.
- Eliminates the waste generated from the hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles.