The Drop: A weekly update from charity: water during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Drop is a new weekly email designed to equip you with updates from the field, ways to stay involved, highlights from The Spring community, and an extra dose of Good News, because we all need a little more good news right now.

Despite the challenges we’re all facing, we hope The Drop is an encouraging reminder of just how important your monthly support is, especially now.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR 

We’re looking forward to hosting a variety of live events with thought leaders and charity: water staff. Check this email each week for an updated schedule.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
FACEBOOK LIVE Q&A
WITH VP OF PROGRAM OPERATIONS BRIAN HOYER
Be sure to join our exclusive Facebook group for The Spring to be part of this live event and others to come.
WEEK OF APRIL 20
OUR FIRST-EVER THIRST BOOK CLUB
Join fellow Spring members for a discussion of charity: water founder Scott Harrison’s NYT Best Seller Thirst, led by charity: water staff.

DISPATCHES FROM THE FIELD

Every week, you’ll hear from a member of our Water Programs team to understand how the pandemic is affecting our work around the world. This week, we’re sharing an update from Christoph Gorder, our Chief Global Water Officer.
At charity: water, our 22-country partner network employs over 1,000 of the most inspiring, dedicated professionals you’d ever want to meet. Coronavirus is having a huge impact on everyone in the world, and it’s going to impact our partners in two significant ways.

First, coronavirus is disrupting operations. Most of the countries where we work now have nationwide lockdowns in place. In many ways, they are having the same experience we are. Staff members are doing their best to be productive from home while worrying about keeping themselves and their families safe. We’ve all experienced our own challenges in recent weeks, and you can imagine how challenging these times might be in places like Malawi or Ethiopia. All of this is happening very quickly.

Thankfully, many of these countries are several weeks behind the US, and they’ve been able to take important, preventative steps early in the outbreak. Hopefully, this will save many lives.

Second, because of the very nature of their work, our partners are going to be key to preventing, and then responding to, the outbreaks in their countries. Hygiene, handwashing, social messaging, and clean water are the most important tools in fighting coronavirus. Our partners are experts in this field. So, it’s natural that governments are leaning on them to help with response plans.

2019 was charity: water’s best fundraising year ever, and because 100% of funds go to the field, our partners are at their peak capacity right now in terms of staff and funding. In the coming weeks, we expect our partners to take an increasingly-active role in their governments’ response plans. When they do that, charity: water will be there to support them.

As the efforts in the field ramp up, we’ll keep you informed about how everything’s going.

ICYMI 

Last Tuesday, charity: water founder Scott Harrison and Chief Global Water Officer Christoph Gorder teamed up for a Q&A on Facebook Live. If you missed it, you can catch up on the whole conversation here.

CELEBRATING YOU 

We’ve been so humbled by your response to the coronavirus, and your unwavering commitment to clean water. Each week, we’ll highlight an inspiring fellow member of The Spring community.
As a freelance editor and musician, my work life has really changed since the pandemic began, and like millions of others in my shoes, I am struggling financially now. But as I reduce my budget items and focus my spending, I didn’t want to stop my (small but monthly) gift. If anything, these times have thrown into even sharper relief the need for clean water, and also the need for everyone to step up, in any way they can, to help one another.

– Janine

IN CLOSING, A LITTLE GOOD NEWS

In communities where our implementing partner Water for People India has worked, 9 out of 10 households have soap and water available for handwashing! Globally, only 60% of households have soap and water in their homes for handwashing.
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