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International Women’s Day 2015

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International Women’s Day is all about celebrating achievements for gender equality and encouraging continued persistence in equality for the future.

Although gender equality is imperfect everywhere, many steps have been taken towards equality. However, it is of utmost importance to remember that in many countries (specifically developing countries) gender equality is still only an unattainable dream to many.

In her speech to the UN, Emma Watson painted a clear picture of what gender equality is: “political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”. She also made it clear that feminism is not “anti-men” because, quite simply, that would not be equality of the sexes would it?

In India many forms of gender inequality are strong. This mindset of inequality affects women’s health, education, and social and economic wellbeing. This also leads to many women being married very young, becoming young mothers, being malnourished and often they cannot afford medical attention. If a woman in India is employed she is often making 30% less than a man, even if they work in the same position.[1]

thisvillage believes in the empowerment, health, and education of women as the key to alleviation of poverty. We want to see the women of India treated as equals.

Join us in supporting the women of India. Invite your friends and attend our fundraiser for the widows of Bandanpally!
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“Every literate woman marks a victory over poverty.” – Ban Ki-moon[2]

— Julia Kutyn

Raise $1,200 in twelve days


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

Let’s build some wells


We are doing a month-long fundraising campaign in order to raise money for three much-needed water wells. The overall goal of the campaign is CDN $2,400.


Bandanpally, India. For those that don’t know, Bandanpally is the first village that thisvillage is working with. There are a number of projects that are planned, including these wells.


November 4th – December 4th. This is the only period where donations to the campaign can be received.


You! This can only happen with the generosity of people like yourself. And for every person that make a donation, you will receive a reward of some kind (see details below).


The importance of providing clean water to a community may seem obvious. We know the benefits it will have on people’s health and agricultural production. But here is a reason that you may not have thought about. In most villages in India, women and children are primarily responsible for collecting water. Since there are too few sources of water in Bandanpally, women and children have to travel far and spend a lot of time collecting water for daily life. If we can provide more wells, women will have more time to care for their families and to earn money, while children will have more time to study or just play with friends.

This recent blog post details some of the reasons why we think this campaign to build water wells is so important.


Starting today, you can donate to the project by visiting this link: startsomegood.com/wells. While we always appreciate donations made on our website, no donations made on thisvillage.org can be used for this specific campaign.

The total goal is $2,400, which will build three wells. There is also what is known as a “tipping point,” which is set at $800. What this means is that at least $800 must be raised in order for thisvillage to receive and use any of the donations. If $799 is raised by the end of the campaign, we receive nothing. $800 will allow us to build one well, but we’re aiming higher. So let’s build three. Anything raised above $2,400 will be put towards other important projects in Bandanpally, such as building toilets or doing literacy training.


As with all campaigns hosted with StartSomeGood, rewards are offered for incremental donations. Here is a breakdown of what you will receive when donating to this important campaign:

  • $5 – Regular updates on the wells in addition to personal stories from the village.
  • $25 – A thisvillage button. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $50 – A personal thank-you card from thisvillage. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $100 – 8×10 photo from Bandanpally. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $250 – A bottle of thisvillage‘s very own wine (Chilean Pinot Noir). Plus all previous rewards.
  • $500 – Video thank-you from Bandanpallly. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $1,000 – Your name engraved on a well, with a picture. Plus all previous rewards.
  • $10,000 (because why not think big) – You get to come to the village of Bandanpally. You will receive airfare, housing, food, and transportation for one person. Plus all previous rewards.

The End:

To give to the campaign and to find out more information, please visit startsomegood.com/wells. We also made a video about it.

— Graeme Esau

Let’s talk about water


Everyone knows that water is important. With the risk of getting all kindergarten science lesson on you, however (and in case it has been a long week), a few reminders of what we use water for in our day-to-day lives:

  • washing your hands,
  • taking a shower/bath,
  • brushing your teeth,
  • using a toilet,
  • drinking tea or coffee (or just water! or anything!),
  • warming (or cooling) your home,
  • cooking your food, and
  • innumerable other important things.

So unless you’ve had a 127 Hours experience, you’ve used (and needed) water every single day of your life. And you know what? The same is true for people around the world, including people in rural India.

Take a moment to think how your life would be different if you had to work (and I mean really work) to get your water every day, if you had to leave your home to get water, and had to carry all the water you wanted back to your house. Then imagine that the only water you had access to was contaminated and would likely make you sick. Oh, and add to the issue that all the food you eat needs to be grown using water.

Everyone needs and deserves easy access to clean water.

thisvillage believes that water plays a crucial role in helping the world’s poor (so does the United Nations), and that is why we’re starting a fundraising campaign on Monday to build three water wells for our friends in a small village in India.

On Monday, November 4th, visit startsomegood.com/wells and make a donation to our campaign. We only need to raise $2,400 to make a huge difference in the community of Bandanpally, and we would love your help doing it.

Come back to the blog on Monday for a detailed post about the wells campaign!

— Christie Esau