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This week's charity: water gala in New York City raised more than $4 million to provide clean drinking water in Malawi. This allows us to reach an additional 52,000 people in Malawi with clean water! As the largest nongovernmental provider of clean drinking water in the developing world, World Vision is proud to now be one of the largest implementing partners of charity: water.
I was honored to attend the charity: water gala in New York City this week, and I'm thrilled to share that the event raised more than $4 million to provide clean drinking water in Malawi, benefitting World Vision water and Water for People. Importantly, this effort will fund World Vision efforts to provide 187 wells in Malawi including 12 wells to provide clean water in rural schools.
I've visited World Vision programs in Malawi over several years, and can tell you that our water team is doing great work in some of the toughest to reach areas in the world. The results of the charity: water gala will enable us to reach an additional 52,000 people in Malawi with clean water! Now that's worth celebrating.
As the largest nongovernmental provider of clean drinking water in the developing world, World Vision is proud to now be one of the largest implementing partners of charity: water. This is a partnership that Keith Kall of World Vision has led for a number of years and continues to lead as we make plans to expand our partnership, based partly on the outstanding results of the gala.
Funds raised at the gala came from pledges by attendees of the event as well as $1 million that will benefit World Vision donated by the Caterpillar Foundation—based on a $1,000 donation for the first 1000 people to carry two jerry cans full of water down a runway. I proudly did the 100-foot walk carrying the heavy jugs of water thinking about the women and girls who would not have to walk as far to fetch water based on this simple act.
It was a night full of excitement hosted by Scott Harrison, the dynamic founder and CEO of charity: water. Like our team at World Vision, Scott is convinced that we can address the global water crisis during our lifetimes. Under his leadership, charity: water has had explosive growth and has become one of the most visible and recognized groups helping to address the global water crisis.
As part of our trip to NYC, we visited Scott and his team at their headquarters in SoHo. The atmosphere at charity: water on the morning after the late night party was electric. Charity: water impressed me as a start-up tech company full of young people with enormous creative energy. World Vision is excited to team up with the talented people at charity: water, and we know that even more great things will come from our partnership in the years ahead.
The memory that I'll carry the longest from the gala was shared by Scott Harrison right before he asked people to consider donating to help our work in Malawi. I know that his sharing of this story helped charity: water far exceed their expected goal for the evening. Scott told us how an elder of a village in Malawi, nearby where World Vision was providing boreholes, wanted his village to benefit from clean water. However, because there was no road to his village, there was no way for our drilling rigs to reach him. So, the elder organized his community to fill in a deep ravine moving many tons of rocks and dirt in order to construct a road. Seeing this Herculean contribution by the community, World Vision Malawi responded and provided boreholes for the elder's village as well as five other nearby communities that could now be reached via the new road. This is the type of community engagement that leads to a sustainable water supply, since the community will take ownership and ensure that the water continues to flow for decades.
Thank you charity: water! We're proud to be one of your partners in helping to solve the global water crisis.
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