Everyone wants to the change the world, but most people don’t know where to start. So we decided to dedicate the end of 2014 to empowering ordinary people to be a part of something extraordinary. First, we challenged our team on social media and email to get the word out about World Change Day. We also released videos, photos, and stories on our blog encouraging visitors to get involved in small, yet meaningful ways. The response online and in-person was incredible. Many of you accepted the challenge by giving your time, money, and influence toward the campaign. Google matched over 100 employee donations, Clare got her PR firm involved, and many more asked their friends and family for donations. On December 14, 2014, we celebrated our first annual World Change Day. Our founder matched donations helping to push us over our fundraising goal. In total, Team Never Settle came together for six weeks to fundraise $25,000 benefiting four innovative non-profits. Seven months later, 100% of your money has been distributed to partners, programs are being implemented on the ground, and the world got a little bit better.
Philippines – Ethiopia – Cambodia – India – Liberia – Haiti
Updates from our Partners in the Field
Splash partners with governments, builds local businesses, and empowers local nonprofits to clean water for kids living in resource poor cities. Their unique approach brings market-ready water purification and hygiene solutions to scale and transfers ownership to local organizations in the long-term. Splash uses the same successful technology, supply chains and standards from world-class restaurants and hotels to make the same water quality possible for kids living in urban poverty. Never Settle loves Splash because they passionately clean water for kids at scale.
By the numbers:
- Team Never Settle donated $11,000 to fund water projects in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and India.
- That’s enough money to cover the full expenses needed to clean water and maintain hygiene standards at over 14 Splash partner sites.
- A single Splash site (school, community center, clinic) can serve anywhere from 200 – 1,000 children and adults daily.
Goal: Become a fully localized, self-sustaining social enterprise.
Cambodia continues to rebuild after two decades of relative stability post the horrors of the Khmer Rouge rule. However, local and state governments still struggle with deep-rooted corruption contributing to one-third of the population living on less than $1.00 per day. In this case, Splash realized building a local business would more effectively bring water to the people than working through government. 100% of water filtration systems installed in 2014 and 2015 came by way of Splash operating as a commercial-service (with paying customers) rather than a charity-provider. Splash envisions transitioning all their work in Cambodia to a financially independent social enterprise approach by 2017. Splash currently serves 63,000 children daily, but this new model can better scale to reach the 15,000,000 people living in Cambodia.
Goal: Provide clean water for every kindergarten and primary school in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia represents Splash’s first attempt to scale clean water projects on the African continent. Recently, they developed a breakthrough relationship with the Bureau of Education in Addis Ababa. Support from the government is critical for Splash to grow their impact from 16,000 children served daily to 300,000 in the next 10 years. Mr. Amlaku Tebeje from the Addis Ababa Education Bureau told us, “To achieve the goal we set for Education, students need to get the provision of clean water, health and hygiene education and service. Since Splash’s activities are bringing effective results towards these goals, its action should be strengthened and continuous.”
Goal: Provide clean water for every public school in Kolkata.
Nowhere in the world is there more explosive urban growth than in India. In fact, the urban population of Kolkata is 3 times more dense than New York City. Public schools in Kolkata typically have running water, but it is often contaminated. In 2009, India passed the Right to Education Act mandating minimum requirements for public schools in India including clean water and proper sanitation. This legislation opened the door for Splash to work directly with the Ministry of Education. Splash has agreed to implement water purification projects at 2,000 schools in Kolkata. In return, the Ministry of Education will ensure proper sanitation with bathrooms and waste removal. This project is in its infancy, but Splash already serves nearly 18,000 students at 17 schools.
The GO Project provides care for the immediate needs of orphans around the world. But they also realize many children will continue to grow up without parents if communities remain in extreme poverty. That’s why the Global Orphan Exchange (GOEX) was created with the purpose of empowering local workers – mostly single moms – to make beautiful, hand-crafted products that embody their own uplifting beauty. They started by making school uniforms for GO Project children that could not otherwise afford the mandatory costs of schooling. Never Settle loves the GO Project because they don’t just care for orphans; they build communities to help them thrive.
By the numbers:
- Team Never Settle gave $6,000 to fund school uniforms and GOEX expansion.
- That’s enough money to buy 300 handmade school uniforms and pay a tailor for four months.
- GOEX employees in Haiti and Uganda are paid at least double the local minimum wage.
Goal: Create local jobs that support orphan care.
Thanks to Team NS and donors around the world, GOEX has experienced exponential growth in the last few years. Today, they manufacture everyday products sold by “fair trade” private brands in multiple countries – all supporting orphan care. In March of 2015, GOEX expanded the square footage of its production center by 10X. The brand new 24,000 square foot facility will be managed by Jeff Blatt and Paula Coles. Both have extensive fashion and manufacturing experience that will allow GOEX to scale this operation to create dozens of new jobs providing opportunity and dignity.
Samaritan’s Purse provides humanitarian services across a variety of sectors in over a dozen countries. They have been responding to the Ebola crisis in Liberia since March 2014, building on more than a decade of relief programming experience in the country. The unprecedented outbreak claimed thousands of lives across West Africa. Dr. Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse contracted Ebola in late July. Fortunately, he was miraculously evacuated to Emory hospital and made a full recovery. Never Settle loves Samaritan’s Purse because their work has a higher calling.
By the numbers
- Team Never Settle gave $4,000 to fund the Ebola Community Protection Program.
- Nearly 200 tons of relief supplies were airlifted to Liberia by Samaritan’s Purse.
- Samaritan’s Purse distributed life-saving information to more than 1.5 million Liberians and airlifted 200 tons of relief supplies.
Goal: Safely care for Ebola patients and end the outbreak in West Africa.
In May 2015, more than a year since the deadly virus first surfaced in Liberia, the country was declared Ebola-free. This success was only possible because the President of Liberia’s quick response, massive international financial support, and grassroots community engagement. During the height of the outbreak, Samaritan’s Purse responded aggressively in Liberia through their Ebola Community Protection Program. The grassroots program distributed more than 30,000 infection prevention and control (IPC) kits – which includes a bucket with a spigot, gloves, soap, and disinfectant. In addition, four temporary community care centers were constructed to provide supportive treatment as an interim step before going to an Ebola treatment unit. Now that the virus has been contained in Liberia, the Samaritan’s Purse office is retooling programs to help the country recover in the long-term.
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
By the numbers
- Team Never Settle gave $4,000 to fund US military disaster relief volunteers.
Goal: Complete a recon mission in Manila to assess damage and need for supplies.