I am proud of the fact that Acts for Water is Canada’s Most Expensive Water Charity™.
While other charities boast of the fact that for just $30 you can provide water to one person, we believe it really costs closer to $125: for life.
Knowing that all of this goes into the stated cost of the project, does anyone believe it could be done for $30?
- Pipes going from a source of water the distance from Coquitlam to Fort Langley, to serve a population three times the size of Fort Langley.
- Health and hygiene training for each and every person in the community. Walking with them until they’ve completely transformed their behaviour and their house has a latrine, their kitchen is built, and their home is clean.
- Latrines built in schools and equipping the kids with hygiene and sanitation knowledge
- Implementing a plan to help the community sustain this system for 20+ years and then re-invest in that system after it hits its “shelf life.”
Would you believe that this can be done for $30, for life?
Of course not. Consider for a moment what $30 can buy. Of course dollars go further in the Global South, but not that far. Certainly not if you include anything going for long-term maintenance and sustainability, and certainly not if you even dare pay a cent to [wait for it] those greedy Canadians.
$125 may seem expensive, but imagine for a moment what it may cost to provide staff at living wages, to pay for piping, trucks, cement, training and more for tens of thousands of people. $125 for life, becomes a steal.
When the District Government did an independent study on the cost to provide water to their extreme rural population, our solution still came in at ½ the cost of theirs. I’m not exaggerating by a bit.
And so we’re faced with some choices when it comes to charity marketing, regardless of the field. Either the charity is delivering a sub-par service, or they aren’t telling the whole story.
We’re proud to be Canada’s Most Expensive Water Charity™. And we’re going to keep delivering the most holistic, sustainable, community-focused water solution in the world.
And yes, it will likely cost more than $30 a person, for life.
To learn more visit acts.ca/our-approach