_ForWater – A TOOL FOR SURF & SOCIAL GOOD
Waves For Water, an organization dedicated to getting clean water to every person who needs it, is launching “_ForWater”–a technology solution that allows travelers to create, fundraise and execute their own clean water programs in a transparent way. Inspired by the success of their Clean Water Courier Program, which has provided clean water to over 8 million people in 27 countries over the past 6 years, _ForWater aims to create a paradigm shift in the way we approach humanitarianism. The two-pronged technological platform serves as a natural extension for individuals looking to create positive change while doing the things they love.
What It’s About: Doing What You Love and Helping Along the Way
Whether you’re planning a surf trip to Panama or a mountain climbing expedition to Nepal, the _ForWater app and website give you the tools you need to effect change in the communities you visit while sharing updates with your social network of supporters in real time.
“The unacceptable fact is that one in six people still do not have access to clean water today,” said Jon Rose, founder of Waves For Water. “Inspired by the large number of individuals who contact Waves For Water about wanting to give back, we decided to create a tool that would empower our community to help address and solve this problem.”
How It Works: Taking Global Change Into Your Own Device
Do your thing: Plan the trip you want to go on and then use the _ForWater platform to help you plug a purpose into your journey.
[Your Name Here]_ForWater: Use the app or website to create your own personalized fundraising page that will allow your friends, family and social network to donate funds toward the purchase of water filters that you’ll take with you on your trip. Each water filtration system is compact, effective, easy to use and can provide 1 million gallons of clean water, equating to roughly 100 people with access to clean water daily for 5 years!
DIY: Utilize the existing _ForWater community via the platform for guidance or reach out directly to pre-existing aid groups in your locale of choice to help determine the areas nearby that could benefit from your help.
Get your materials: Purchase your water filters using the funds you raised on your mission page and check out how they work prior to your trip.
Pack Your Bag: Put your filter(s) in your suitcase amidst your travel essentials and head to the airport. The idea isn’t to get one person to drop off 100 water filters and call it a day. You’re part of a community of hundreds of thousands of travelers creating a ripple effect around the globe.
Communicate and share: Use the _ForWater platform to write about your clean water mission and upload photos and videos to your page in real time, providing a level of transparency and instant gratification for your friends, family, and donors who helped you raise funds.
Do some yoga, go surfing, climb a mountain: Now that you’ve made a huge difference in the lives of the people and communities you’re visiting, it’s time to get back to your trip.
Become a resource: Your experience will continue to live on the platform after your mission, giving you the opportunity to inspire and inform other travelers who are visiting similar locations.
When It’s Happening
_ForWater will be available as a free download for iPhone only via the app store and accessible via the mobile platform for Android users on World Water Day, March 22, 2016. The web site will go live on the same day and can be visited at http://forwater.co/. For more information on Waves For Water, please visit http://www.wavesforwater.org/.
_ForWater is a bridge between the inspired and the thirsty — a simple way to create and fund clean-water programs to help people in need. Inspired by the success of Waves For Water’s “Clean Water Courier” program, this platform isn’t just a tool; it’s a movement. A paradigm shift. DIY humanitarianism for the digital age. With _ForWater, you can start your own clean-water project, donate to an existing initiative or create a fundraiser. But more than that, _For_Water is a platform to connect volunteers, donors and media to create a community that’s taking global change into its own hands. It makes humanitarianism easier, more accessible and as transparent as the water that pours from our filters.
Waves For Water is an organization founded by Jon Rose that works on the front lines to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. In addition to their primary focus around clean water, the organization has coordinated strategic disaster relief efforts throughout the world and works directly with world leaders and strategic partners who take a no-nonsense attitude toward making global change.