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  • christoph.gorder replied to a comment by Alessandra Rizzotti

    I totally hate that NYT Magazine took this tone and title to Scott and charity: water via nytimes.com

    Alessandra Rizzotti8 months ago

    Thanks for giving insight on the sensor technology you're developing and work you're doing to visit past projects. I think that's crucial, and I'm glad that there's follow-up, and not just set-up. I wonder how you'll make this process efficient and stream-lined, considering your projects are set up all over the world? It would be interesting to see if communities can be empowered through charity:water to get involved in testing their own wells. This organization is doing an interesting citizen science project, involving communities in testing rising water levels: http://crowdhydrology.geology.buffalo.edu/CrowdHydrology/Home.html . It would be great to know if you're connecting with research hydrologists like Mike Fienen: http://wi.water.usgs.gov/professional-pages/fienen.html.

    christoph.gorder8 months ago

    Thanks for the reply, Alessandra.
    And, thanks for the referrals. I wasn't aware of them and both research teams look really interesting.

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    I totally hate that NYT Magazine took this tone and title to Scott and charity: water via nytimes.com

    christoph.gorder8 months ago

    Thanks for starting this thread, Ben. As President at charity: water, I spend the majority of my time focused on providing clean water, not marketing or fundraising. On any given day, there are hundreds of some of the best professionals in our industry out there on the front lines implementing our projects. Some of them work here in New York, evaluating projects, managing partnerships or auditing programs. Most of them work for our partner organizations on the ground, interacting directly with communities in their own languages, operating drilling rigs and teaching sustainability. By working in this way, our funds go to work efficiently and quickly on programs run by some of the best water organizations in the world, and charity: water doesn't need to build yet another expensive NGO field office. There's much more about our work here: http://www.charitywater.org/projects/

    In the process of doing this, we're continually raising the level of accountability we provide to our beneficiaries and to our donors. Our standards are some of the highest in the industry and are unique in requiring every single project to be documented. In an industry that's highly decentralized and generally not very technologically advanced, this is a huge accomplishment in transparency and I'm not aware of another organization that's done this anywhere near our scale. More importantly, what this means is that we know where every project we've ever done is and we actually can be accountable for sustainability.

    This year, we're investing significant amounts of money and effort into keeping water flowing over time. We're going back to visit thousands of our past projects to learn how they're faring and to document the impact they've had. We're launching mobile mechanics programs in multiple countries. And, we're developing a remote sensor technology that soon will give us the ability to get real-time reporting from even our most remote project. Nothing like it exists today. We operate at the forefront of our industry and we are laying the groundwork for the future of how aid is delivered to people in need.

    Naturally, I'm passionate about the work we're doing. The Times article has brought some cynical commentators out of the woodwork. But many more people have drawn a different conclusion from the story: at the end of the day, we can make a difference. Our donors choose to make that difference by giving up their birthdays or running a lemonade stand or paying to fly to Ethiopia. They get it. And, because of them, this year, more than 3,000 communities will get clean water. That's what matters.

    Christoph Gorder
    President at charity: water

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