In our part of the world we tend to take abundant and clean water for granted. It’s easy to forget that globally, approximately 1 in 9 people still have no easy access to a healthy water supply. This number includes Indigenous people living in communities here in Canada. This week, we will focus on three organizations that help to provide accessible and clean water in a number of African countries, the Americas and in the Gaza Strip.
Gracie’s Thrift Store donated all proceeds ($930) from last Saturday’s sales to Water Aid Canada. This non-profit has teams in 35 countries, and partners with local communities to provide clean water, decent toilets and hygiene education, ultimately impacting the lives of millions of people on the African continent and in the Americas. If you wish to make a donation to Water Aid Canada, you will receive a tax receipt. Check out the link below to learn more:
The Water Project is another non-profit organization that works with impacted communities to invest in and provide appropriate and long-term solutions to the water crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. To learn more about The Water Project and the good work they do, visit the website below:
Another part of the world where access to clean water is a serious problem is Gaza. 84% of the people who live in Gaza require humanitarian aid to survive, and for many, this includes the ability to access clean water. The Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East Foundation is currently raising funds to build a well in a southern suburb of Gaza City. This well will provide water for 15,000 to 25,000 Gazans and will also feed clean water to Gaza’s existing municipal water network distribution system. For further information, check out the link below and if you wish to donate you will receive a tax receipt (since this is a Canadian Charity).
Food and Hygiene Kits for Ukraine
You can help families fleeing from Ukraine by gifting food and hygiene kits through Gifts with Vision.
A gift of $25 will provide fleeing families with a hygiene package containing items like toothpaste, laundry detergent, and disinfectant. A gift of $38 will provide one food basket with staples such as cooking oil, buckwheat, canned fish, dried peas, and condensed milk; and $40 will provide one hygiene package plus a supply of incontinence products.
Want to take action right now?
Sign the petition below that seeks to redress the displacement of Vancouver’s Black Community
Racism in the Health Care System greatly impacts Indigenous people, especially women.
Consider making a donation to the DTES Women’s Centre, whose clients are seventy percent Indigenous women
Sign the petition on the David Suzuki Foundation to urge our government to take immediate action to reduce emissions
Support the CCR (Cdn Council for Refugees) on Canada refugee sponsorship and the campaign to restart the resettlement of refugees