Water is an absolutely essential part of our lives. In fact, without water, it would be impossible for any form of life to exist throughout the entire universe. It allows us humans to stay hydrated, clean our bodies and maintain good health. And yet so often, we take this precious commodity for granted. An astonishing 844 million people across the globe do not have access to clean drinking water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, or more than twice the population of the United States! Many of these people live in isolated rural areas and have to walk long distances to collect water for their family. Walking for hours every day keeps children out of school and takes up valuable time that parents could otherwise be spending to earn money and feed their families. Furthermore, the water often carries diseases that kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
At Trumark Homes, it’s our mission to not only make a positive difference with the communities we build here at home, but also impact change globally. Witnessing the immense need for clean water firsthand during their extensive travels abroad, our co-founders Michael Maples and Gregg Nelson became determined to help those in need through homebuilding in the U.S.
We do this through our ongoing partnership with charity:water, a non-profit devoted to alleviating the global water crisis by building sustainable, community-owned water projects around the world. They work with local experts and community members to find the best solution for each location, whether it’s a hand-dug or drilled well, a piped system, BioSand filters, or a system for harvesting rainwater.
Through its long lasting partnership with charity:water, Trumark Homes has funded 26 wells which have provided access to safe drinking water to over 6,000 people in places like Tigray, Ethiopia and Malawi. It’s so inspiring to see how gaining access to this basic resource positively impacts the entire community. It prevents unnecessary deaths, teaches people to be healthier, and helps avoid the future spread of diseases. Improved water quality also means producing healthier crops and products, which leads to a stronger economy and thriving community. Families have more time to pursue education and explore new work opportunities, allowing them to break the self -perpetuating vicious circle of poverty.
But what really sets charity:water apart from other similar organizations is their commitment to transparency. Administrative expenses are covered by private donors, foundations and sponsors, leaving 100 percent of public donations to directly fund water projects. When the projects are completed, charity:water provides the donors proof using GPS coordinates, photos, and details of the community served. The information shared on their website contains details and updates about each project which allows donors to engage in the project and understand the positive impact they are making on these communities.
We strongly believe that clean water is not a privilege, but a basic human right. We are so thankful for the opportunity to work with an organization like charity:water; creating opportunities for education, stronger economies, and restoring hope for a better future.