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Breaking Down ‘$20 Gives Water for 20 Years’

Admitting Failure blog
Jan. 12, 2012

If you’ve followed charity: water over the last five years, you have probably heard us say, Tweet or write: $20 can provide clean and safe drinking water to one person for 20 years. But earlier this year, we removed the “20 years” part from that messaging.

As with any retraction, this sparked a discussion with our staff about how we deal with failure. We didn’t necessarily “fail” in providing water for 20 years to the people we serve—not only are we not there yet, but we’re also adamant that we do what it takes to make sure each of our water projects last at least that long…

Read the whole article on Admitting Failure here >

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Country Life in Amhara, Ethiopia

the charity: water blog
Nov. 17, 2011

Like a lot of the farm kids from my hometown in rural Michigan, 18-year-old Mintamir has been handling chores since she was old enough to walk. When these chores were taken care of, only then would she get to school.

But unlike most farm kids in the U.S., of all her responsibilities, the most time-consuming and physically difficult was collecting water. She’d spend much of her morning walking to an open pond, then hauling her Jerry can home to her house. Her family would make the most of just a pair of these five-gallon containers of water each day. That meant only enough water to bathe (at most) once a week and wash clothes every two weeks…

Read the whole story on the charity: water blog here >

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Keep the Girls at School

the charity: water blog
Aug. 10, 2011

Talking toilets — it’s not comfortable. But Khadija’s eager. She stands straight up, hands at her sides, in her school’s small yard, waiting patiently in the misty aftermath of Bangladesh’s heavy rain.

She politely answers questions: her age, who her friends are, where she lives, what she wants to be when she grows up. But it’s obvious Khadija is ready to get to the real stuff.

She wants to tell the story of how toilets brought her back to school.

Read the whole story on the charity: water blog here >

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Liberia: Soap + Healing

the charity: water blog
Jan. 18, 2011

Rain has never been so loud. I can’t hear a thing. Until Dave opens his mouth, that is.

“Do you use soap to wash? Every day?” he roars. Dave Waines is the director and founder of our local partnering organization, EQUIP Liberia. He’s grilling a room full of locals in Nimba County about the sanitation practices in their village. Well, he’s trying to. But rain pelting the zinc roof above our heads is so loud, it’s hard to have a conversation. A man finally calls out: “Yes! We do. All the people in the village! We have soap in every house.”

“You have soap in every house?” Dave howls. “Yeah, right! Let me see, I’ll go knock on every door…”

Read the whole story on the charity: water blog here >

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Dentists Step Up Marketing As Patients Skip Visits

The Wall Street Journal
Aug. 11, 2009

In the slowdown, even dentists are feeling the pinch. David Wong, who runs a private practice with his wife in Tulsa, Okla., has seen his business slip 10% since the beginning of this year. That has him spending more time marketing and less time cleaning or pulling teeth.

Dr. Wong has upped his advertising, taking advantage of low newspaper and broadcast rates, and now sends email reminders to customers on top of traditional mailed postcards. He is even on Twitter, aiming to connect with customers as “not just the guy in a white coat with a drill in his hand…”

Read the whole story in The Wall Street Journal here >

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Small Business Strategies: Three Best Ways to Win Community Support

The Wall Street Journal
Oct. 29, 2009

The recession has taken a beating on local businesses, but many consumers still want to support and patronize their neighborhood shops. If you’re a small retailer or service provider, highlighting your local roots can keep the regulars coming in – and even attract new customers seeking to improve their hometowns’ economic health by buying from local merchants.

Here are three best ways to showcase your origins – and win community support.

Read the whole article in The Wall Street Journal here >

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Windpark Solutions America

Energy International Quarterly
Summer 2009

Windpark Solutions America’s story didn’t start with an energy convention, a collaboration of locals, or government initiatives. It started with a castle in Germany.

Bob Quinn, an organic farmer in Big Sandy, Montana, was visiting customers in the Rhineland durin the summer of 1999 when he decided to make a little detour to a 16th-century family estate, Scholl Goedens, near Jever in the Ostfriesland region of northern Germany. There, he found not only his distant cousin, but a privately owned wind park supporting the castle…

Read the whole article here >

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Experience Mission joins the Salvation Army in reaching Atlanta youth

Experience Mission News
Jan. 5, 2009

Twins Arnet and Noel Le used to see their friend Trizznie Van every day in the neighborhood. He remembers her watching them play basketball, he remembers her playing Uno and checkers, and he remembers her sitting out on the steps leading up to his apartment building.

Two years ago, though, he formed a memory he wishes never happened -– he saw her body wheeled away from her house in a body bag…

Read the whole story on Experience Mission News here >

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