The Life of Bon: an opportunity to give back this Christmas

Thursday, December 04, 2014 an opportunity to give back this Christmas

It took spending 18 months in Argentina for me to really understand how unevenly wealth and opportunities are distributed in this world.  One rainy afternoon we met a woman who told us that more than anything in the world she wanted to learn how to read.  She was 21, had two young children, and lived in a one bedroom hut. She had no formal education whatsoever. I will never know why some of us have been given so much while other have been given so little.  But I do know that there are great opportunities to give back. is a nonprofit organization that provides clean and affordable water to people in South Africa. I am happy to use this blog as a platform to support this great cause.  I have Caitlin here today, a WHOlives representative, to explain why WHOlives is important and how you can donate if you so desire.  I especially love that donating toward the wells allows African girls to go to school as it frees up their time.  

WHOlives is a nonprofit based in South Jordan, Utah. With innovative technology and effective systems, we are working hard to bring clean water to Africa.

WHOlives differs from other nonprofits in the cost. Approximately $4 can provide a child with clean water for ten years. Ten years! For the cost of your morning coffee, or a couple of diet cokes, you can truly change someone’s life.

The W.H.O. stands for water, health, and opportunity, as we believe these things are interconnected.  Providing clean water lowers the risk of many diseases, improving health.

In addition to vastly improved health, these wells provide other benefits as well. Girls are primarily responsible for gathering water, and they typically walk several miles each way to a water source every day. When a well is installed, this frees up an enormous amount of time for the girls, enabling them to attend school. We have found that in each village where a well is drilled, school attendance greatly increases, especially attendance among girls.

The wells also improve the economic health of the village. Several people will be employed to power the drill every day, providing jobs. The drill is also sustainable- villagers pay a small and manageable fee of approximately five to ten cents to use the well, ensuring that there is money to repair the drill or purchase new parts as well as pay the drill workers.

To deliver clean water, we use the Village Drill, a Brigham Young University engineering capstone project. The drill is used to create wells, and it is much more cost-effective to use the Village Drill than traditional well drills. Each well provides clean water to thousands of people.

If you’d like to donate to WHOlives, please see the link below. Remember, the donation does not need to be large to make a difference. Even a one-time of donation of $4 will change a life.

I was not compensated in any way by for promoting their non profit organization.

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