HOW YOU CAN HELP
WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE
WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water accepts online contributions directly and securely through PayPal.
(You do not have to be a subscriber to PayPal to use this method of payment.)
Make your check payable to
“WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water”
and mail to:
Attn: Karen Fergus
WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water
P.O. Box 2370
San Francisco, CA 94126
Why Our Projects Deserve Your Support
WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water is a California 501(c)(3) organization that relies on public and private support, building a sustainable program of providing multicultural books to schools and libraries, while engaging with local communities to obtain and maintain access to clean water in areas of need around the world.
How Your Contribution Will Be Used
Your contributions will provide the simplest
gifts of necessity for children, schools, and
families.Your donation will enhance the goals
of reading and literacy and will help to
implement water projects that assist
communities in developing countries to have
access to clean water and sanitation.
By supporting our ongoing projects, you can
help to install a water well in a rural village or
create mobile libraries that place books in the
hands of young readers and students. Your
assistance can also provide water catchment
systems for drinking and farming or building lavatories in schools for young girls and boys.
Without these basics of life, what hope will children and young people have for the future?
We need your support to fund books and water projects to help children at risk in the developing world. Please have a look at some of the projects that past contributions to WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water (WBO) have enabled us to fund.
All charitable gifts (tax-deductible in the USA) made in response to this appeal will be fully used to support a unique literacy program in Haitian Creole and towards the installment of a rain catchment system to provide clean water for development of a sustainable community vegetable garden at Matènwa Community Learning Center (MCLC) situated in the remote mountains of Lagonav, a Haitian island in the bay of Port au Prince.
Matènwa, which is fast becoming a model school for the entire island in the fight against illiteracy, is based on the educational philosophy that literacy gives individuals -- and importantly in Haiti, women and girls -- a chance for self-determination, freedom, and empowerment to change their lives for the better.
Please read WBO's featured interview by Dr. Barbara Bundy with a remarkable American teacher, Christine Low, who along with Haitian community organizer Abner Sauveur, co-founded Matènwa 19 years ago with the shared vision that their school be a place where children are not subject to punishment by hitting but are respected as agents of their own learning and where today the students write their own storybooks in Creole for use in the Mother Tongue reading and writing program
For those of you who have made contributions in the past -- THANK YOU! We hope that both continuing and new friends will respond with a gift in any amount - no amount is too small - to help WaterBridge Outreach fund the urgently needed books + water projects highlighted above for the Matènwa school in Haiti.
The WaterBridge Outreach Team
Barbara Bundy, Peter Coughlan, Karen Fergus, Ken Kopp, Corinne Robson, and Gail Tsukiyama