We have been quiet for a while, but that is because some exciting work has been underway. Today we are very pleased to announce that thisvillage has built two wells in India, providing water to 325 people in India.
Happy 25th International Development week!
This week, thisvillage has been reflecting on the Millennium Development Goals set out by the UN in 1990. These goals had a deadline to be achieved by 2015 therefore, the UN has also been reviewing them and weighing up their success. In fact, they have unveiled a new set of goals, called Sustainable Development Goals. (ßRead more about them, they’re cool!)
The SDGs consist of 17 targets to reach before 2030. For example, number 1 SDG is: End poverty in all its forms everywhere (whoa! Lofty!).
But hey. We would like to see an end to poverty too. And that’s not the only goal that we can relate to:
Number 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages.
Maternal mortality has fallen 45% since 1990, but we can’t forget that 50% of women do not receive the recommended health care during pregnancy*. One of our major projects in Bandanpally is providing wells and toilets for the community.
Number 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life long learning opportunities for all.
90% of children in developing countries are now enrolled in primary school, but what about the other 58 million*, or those that are forced to drop out. thisvillage believes in education, and that equipping marginalized community members with confidence and practical skills is essential to their long-term prosperity. Some of the projects we’ll be implementing in Bandanpally include stocking the school library with books and desks.
Number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
The enrolment in primary school is distributed equally among boys and girls*, but women still face inequality in education, work, and decision-making. thisvillage knows that empowering women and children is key to alleviating poverty. One program we’ll be implementing in Bandanpally is a support group for widowed women.
These statistics are encouraging. People working together can make a difference to the injustice in the world. thisvillage works to alleviate poverty on a smaller scale. You can also fight for sustainable international development. Help thisvillage make a difference, one village at a time!
*All statistics in above article are available at www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
Sincere and exuberant thanks to everyone for making our wells campaign such a big success. The month-long campaign, which wrapped up in the first week of December, will provide the community of Bandanpally with two much-needed water wells. If you’ve been following along with us during the campaign, you already know how big of a deal those wells are.
We at thisvillage, and–most importantly–the people of Bandanpally truly appreciate your generosity. We can’t wait to dig these wells soon.
We’ll be slightly less active in the social media world over the Christmas holidays, but you can expect updates as we get things running on the ground in India. And, if you weren’t able to contribute to the StartSomeGood campaign, please know that you can still donate via our Donate page.
— Christie Esau
PS: For those of you who made donations, your StartSomeGood rewards will be on their way soon enough!
With your generous help, we’ve raised over $1,200 to build wells in Bandanpally in only a few short weeks! There are still twelve days left in our fundraising campaign, so you can still contribute to building wells in rural India.
How about you join with us to raise $1,200 in twelve days so we can build three wells in the community of Bandanpally?
If you’re new to this blog, or you’d like a refresher, check out this blog post for all the details of our campaign: http://thisvillage.org/lets-build-some-wells/
If you want to make a donation, visit our StartSomeGood page: http://startsomegood.com/wells
You should know: though we’ve set our fundraising goal at $2,400 to build three wells, we have big dreams for any funds raised above our initial goal. The people of Bandanpally don’t just need water; they need literacy training, and toilets, and support for orphans and widows, and school supplies, and so many other things.
So let’s do this.
Let’s help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Let’s raise money, and build wells, and make a difference.
— Christie Esau