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QUIZ: How Can You Save Water?

Conserving water is one of the easiest ways we can make a difference. Take our quiz and get personalized recommendations on how you can save water!

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Empowering Girls

According to the UN, a 15-year-old girl in South Sudan has a higher chance of dying during childbirth than finishing high school. In response to statistics like this, Drop In The Bucket has been creating programs to help girls stay in school through water and sanitation initiatives, menstrual hygiene management, economic empowerment through scholarships, workshops and mentoring programs.

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Why It Matters

Educated girls grow to have a voice in their community, a better understanding of economics and opportunities and can improve the quality of life in the village for decades to come.

Two small girls fetch water from a dirty stream in Uganda


Did you know water, sanitation & education are all closely related to gender?


Fetching Water

Although education is valued in East Africa, boys’ education is prioritized. Girls are often tasked with fetching water while their brothers go to school. This leaves little time to focus on an education. Learn More

Missing School

Girls drop out at much higher rates once they hit puberty. Without effective mechanisms to handle menstruation, they miss a week of school per month, fell behind, and eventually drop out. Make A Difference

The Next Step

We’ve created programs to help girls stay in school through clean water and sanitation, menstrual hygiene management, economic empowerment through scholarships and mentoring programs. Join Us

 

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How A Water Well In Uganda Changed One Girl’s Life

In 2019, Drop in the Bucket drilled a well at a school near Gulu, Uganda where we met a very special young student named Precious. This is her story!

 

 

DROP IN THE BUCKET IS SUPPORTING EDUCATION IN UGANDA

By locating our wells in schools and providing water-related educational materials, we support education inside the village. School attendance often increases dramatically when a well is built. This is true particularly amongst girls because they’re typically tasked with fetching the family’s daily water.

Help Drop in the Bucket empower young girls to stay in school and fully harness the life-changing power of an education.

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Now that a well is located in their school, children can focus on their studies rather than walking long distances to fetch water.

SMALL ACTIONS CREATE BIG CHANGE

Start A Fundraiser

You can do a lot on your own, but think what you could do with a group? Start a fundraiser with your business, school, church, team, or organization group! Once your well is drilled we’ll send you photos of it being used. That way you can see the faces of the children you helped. We will also place a tile with the inscription of your choice on the tile as a permanent commemoration of your achievement. Learn More.

Donate Your Birthday

The greatest gift you can give is the gift of life. It’s hard to wrap our heads around the fact that while we all have so much, some people only need one thing to improve their lives, clean water. Next year on your birthday ask your friends to do something different. Give them the opportunity to change an entire community’s lives. Why not donate your next birthday and instead of gifts ask people to help build a well in your name? Learn More.

 

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You can help give the gift of clean water and change the world with Drop in the Bucket.

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Global Handwashing Day 2019

“You don’t need to invent some Nobel Prize winning formula to save millions of children. The solution already exists: soap & water.” – Therese Dooley

 

Today is Global Handwashing Day

Did you know that 80% of all infectious diseases are spread by hand?  That means they could be easily preventable with a simple and inexpensive solution that you probably have in your home right now. Yes, that’s right soap!

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So why is a water charity talking about soap?

Although Drop in the Bucket is known for providing clean water to schools and communities, our activities go beyond just drilling wells. We have a strong component of our program that focuses on sanitation, health, and hygiene.

One of our primary goals is to raise awareness about the importance of good hygiene because it is a simple strategy that can save lives.

Drop in the Bucket teaching about the benefits of hand washing to refugee children in South Sudan
Drop in the Bucket staff teaching refugee children about the health benefits hand washing

Global Studies found that improving hand hygiene can reduce the spread of infectious diseases by 50% – So let’s get to work! 

Many of you donated to our 2015 Soap for South Sudan campaign, which was a huge success. With your support we were able provide soap to hundreds of refugees who were fleeing their homes in South Sudan because of war.

This year our goal is to provide soap and hygiene awareness training to 20 rural schools where we are currently working in northern Uganda.

FACT: Poor sanitation kills more children every year than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. (WHO)

 

How Can I Help?

Celebrate Global Hand Washing Day with us! Please consider making a donation and help give the gift of good health.

$200 – Provides 5 cases of soap

$40 – Provides 1 case of soap

$20 – Provides ½ case of soap

 

Feel Good Fact: The soap we will be buying is locally made, so the good generated by your donation is doubled because it supports local women’s groups that make and sell soap

 

Although it’s not glamorous, soap can be a lifesaver! Donate Now

 

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Soap distribution in South Sudan.

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How A Pair of Shoes Started A Movement

As global citizens, we are all interconnected and can have a profound effect on one another. This is a heartwarming story of how one kind gesture set off a chain reaction felt around the world. Learn how a pair of shoes in Uganda started a movement!

Back in October of last year, Drop in the Bucket drilled a well at a school in Koboko, Uganda.

School children in Uganda gather round two boys using a clean water well from Drop in the Bucket

While taking photos of the well, DROP’s Director Stacey Travis noticed something strange. A young boy taking off his shoes and handing them to another boy who started to put them on. After asking one of their teachers Stacey learned the family only had enough money for one pair of shoes, so the brothers shared them.

School children in Uganda gather round two boys who share a pair of shoes

The one wearing the shoes wanted his brother to be in the photo wearing shoes too. So he took them off and gave them to him.

We were touched by the sweet gesture and shared the story on our Facebook Page

One of our donors was so touched by the story she asked if she could buy the brothers some shoes.

Four pairs of black shoes for students in Uganda from Drop in the Bucket

Understanding that DROP’s primary mission is to provide clean water, the donor created a simple fundraiser on our website. She ended up raising enough money to fund an entire well! Then she requested that we use the extra money to also purchase some shoes for these boys.

While drilling the new well, we stopped by to visit the brothers so we could measure their feet for new shoes. We then realized that there were two other boys living with them so we ended up purchasing new shoes and fresh socks for them all.

Our organization name is not lost on us – we are just a drop in the bucket. We mainly focus our attention on providing clean water to schools and communities. However, it was a joy to be able to fulfill this one-time unique request from one of our special donors.

Drop in the Bucket Employee gifts a young student a new pair of shoes in Uganda
And of course, the boys were thrilled.

Four young boys at school in Uganda show of their new shoes

Four boys in Uganda show of their new shoes

Four young students line up their shoes together in a school in Uganda


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World Water Week

It’s World Water Week!

To commemorate World Water Week (August 25 – August 30), we’d like to highlight our teams on the ground. They are committed to drilling wells and providing clean water to schools and rural communities. We appreciate them because they make a difference in hundreds of lives every day.

Young girl with water jug on her head in Uganda showing importance of World Water Week

It is our mission to bring attention to the world water crisis and to shine a light on this grave situation. There is a lack of clean water around the planet. We often feature the students who can’t focus on their studies because they don’t have water in their schools. Families who are suffering from water-borne diseases. The women and girls who sacrifice day in and day out by walking miles to fetch clean water for their families. The global water crisis is real and it is our mission to do something about it.

Drilling for water in Uganda with Drop in the Bucket highlighting World Water Week

This year, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight the tireless work of our drilling teams who spend most of the year away from their families drilling in far and remote locations. The work is dirty, exhausting, frustrating and filled with challenges. But through it all, this team stays focused and pushes on. They share our united mission – drilling and providing clean water to children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Drop in the Bucket staff sit on a Pat 301T drilling rig in Uganda after completing drilling a new water well in Koboko celebrating World Water Week

They will have drilled more than 40 wells for schools and communities this year alone and clocked countless hours planning, preparing and venturing into areas where people are suffering in silence. The DROP team does this work because it’s their passion. They are directly on the ground all the time so they can be directly involved. They stay and work with the communities, the local leaders and individuals who will be the direct beneficiaries.

On World Water Week 2019…

We would like to say thank our team in the trenches and their amazing cook who keeps them fed. The world is better because of your dedication and hard work.

Drop in the Bucket driller sits on a Compair screw tack compressor in Uganda highlighting importance of World Water Week

Drop in the Bucket drills a clean water well in Uganda highlighting importance of World Water Week

Drop in the Bucket water well drilling in Uganda showing the importance of world water week

Happy students by a water well drilled by Drop in the Bucket at a school in Uganda


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New Photos From Our Most Recent Well Projects

Here are a few photos of our most recent projects. If you’d like to see a map of our completed projects click here.

Koboko, Uganda water well drilled by Drop in the Bucket

Child drinking at a water well drilled by Drop in the Bucket in Koboko, West Nile, Uganda.

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Two children getting clean drinking water from a well in Koboko, Uganda drilled by US water charity Drop in the Bucket

 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH DROP IN THE BUCKET

Start A Fundraiser

You can do a lot on your own, but think what you could do with a group? Start a fundraiser with your business, school, church, team, or organization group! Once your well is drilled we’ll send you photos of it being used. That way you can see the faces of the children you helped. We will also place a tile with the inscription of your choice on the tile as a permanent commemoration of your achievement. Learn More.

Donate Your Birthday

The greatest gift you can give is the gift of life. It’s hard to wrap our heads around the fact that while we all have so much, some people only need one thing to improve their lives, clean water. Next year on your birthday ask your friends to do something different. Give them the opportunity to change an entire community’s lives. Why not donate your next birthday and instead of gifts ask people to help build a well in your name? Learn More.


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16-Year-Old Wins Landmark Victory Against Child Marriage in South Sudan

July 9th marked the eight-year anniversary of independence in South Sudan. The country should have been celebrating after decades of fighting for freedom from the tyranny of Sudan’s Sharia Law. But this year, there was little fanfare because more than half of the country’s population is facing hunger, displacement and ongoing tribal conflicts. While these large stories of the country’s mounting challenges dominated the news cycle, there was a small but hopeful story that caught our attention regarding child marriage in South Sudan. A recent court case ended with a ruling that could have long-term and widespread ramifications for the world’s youngest country.

Cattle Used For Dowries For Child Marriage In South Sudan
A cattle camp in South Sudan where cows are used as a form of currency, often to pay dowries.

A 16-year-old girl just won a historic court case against her cattle-farmer father, her uncle and the older man they attempted to marry her off to, for a “bride price” of sixty cows. The three defendants were each sentenced to three years prison time. And the young girl now has the legal right to live as a free and independent person. She will be able to make all decisions regarding her own life and future marriage.

This was the first time a case of this sort has ever gone to trial in South Sudan.  And the outcome will have far-reaching implications well beyond these particular individuals. In a country where child marriage is commonly accepted as a cultural norm, a girl’s worth is linked to her dowry from an early age. And in this polygamist society, adolescent girls are routinely married off to middle-aged men who already have several other wives. This ruling could now change the future of millions of young girls in South Sudan.

Cattle Could Be Used For Dowries In Child Marriage In South Sudan

Josephine Chandiru, executive director of Steward Women which offers legal advice to victims of sexual and gender-based violence had this to say “This was a historical moment … The judge opened a gateway for us to use it as a precedent in future child marriage cases.”

Cattle In South Sudan Often Used For Dowries In Child Marriage

UNICEF’s head of child protection, Jean Leiby pointed out that South Sudan has the eighth highest prevalence of child marriage and noted that, “The fact that this issue came to court is a step forward in South Sudan.”

This is a major human rights victory for the women and girls of South Sudan. The country may have a long road ahead in its efforts to get back on track. But this is a historic hurdle that was won by a single, 16-year-old, brave young girl who had the courage to stand up and say…. “Not me!”


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Drop in the Bucket’s Work Highlighted On Impakter

Writer and humanitarian aid worker Shelly Galvin recently contributed an article to the Impakter blog about Drop in the Bucket’s work in Uganda. It covers a brief overview of the history of Uganda, the origins and history of Drop in the Bucket and talks about some of our programs, like our village savings groups and our work in menstrual hygiene management.

You can find the full post here.

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Here is a small excerpt from the article:

John and Stacey have learned a lot over the last 13 years since DROP’s inception. But, one thing has been a constant- their dedication to creating solutions that last. They don’t want to return to the same villages time and time again to repair and re-drill wells. Rather, they want their work to have a wider, more encompassing reach. The water issue is far more complicated and intricately interwoven with the poverty and inequity present in Uganda than they had anticipated.

Read the full article here.


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World Refugee Day 2019

Today is World Refugee Day! It’s a good day to reflect on the work we did last year at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda. The project provided clean water to thousands of South Sudanese refugees who had arrived in Uganda with nothing except the clothes they were carrying. Many of the refugees had walked for several weeks to get to the settlement. They arrived with their families and the clothes they were carrying, but little else. Children walked for hours in the hot sun with no shoes. Mothers walked carrying babies on their backs.

The refugees were fleeing the drought, famine, and conflict of South Sudan and arrived at Palabek hoping for peace, stability and the chance at a new life. One of the wells we drilled was the first well that the refugees would reach on arrival at the settlement.

We were proud to have been a part of this project and thank everyone who helped make it possible.

Additionally, a generous donation from packH2O provided 25,000 water backpacks with taps to help transport the water and keep it clean.

World Refugee Day - Sign for the Palabek Refugee Settlement, Lamwo, Uganda.
Sign at the entrance of the Palabek Refugee Settlement, Lamwo, Uganda.
World Refugee Day - Drop in the Bucket drilling a well at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Lamwo, Uganda
Drop in the Bucket drilling a well at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Lamwo, Uganda
World Refugee Day - Drop in the Bucket drilled borehole well at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda
Borehole well at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda
World Refugee Day - Drop in the Bucket field staff distributing Pack H2O water backpacks at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda.
Drop in the Bucket field staff distributing Pack H2O water backpacks at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda.
World Refugee Day - A South Sudanese refugee child getting clean water from a Pack H2O water backpack in Uganda
A South Sudanese refugee child getting clean water from a Pack H2O water backpack in Uganda

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