Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
What Is #GivingTuesday
Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.
The Big Ideas Behind #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.
As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.
This year, in 2016, #GivingTuesday happens on the 29th of November. This day is a unique opportunity to see your support to our NGO count more than ever!
The Cambodian Rural Development Team is of course taking part to this event! This is an incredible opportunity for us to raise funds for our projects as this year, the Bill and Melinda Foundation have made a generous gift of 1 Million USD to match every donation made on this day! It means that all the donations made up to 1 Million USD will be 100% matched! To be clear, if you give $25 to CRDT, we will receive $50!
Receiving individual donations is really important to us because it allows to depend less on institutional donors and their criteria to fund our projects. Development projects completely depend on the generosity of others, and on the Tuesday 29th of November, we rely on YOUR generosity!
80% of Cambodia’s population is rural, of those, only 47% have access to improved drinking water and only 31% have access to sanitation. Pu Char Village is particularly remote and the poor sanitation conditions and limited access to clean water present a challenge to both everyday life and to agriculture. Agriculture is the main source of income and the lack of water impacts on food security as well as the villagers’ health.
Our project will provide easy access to water for the 70 indigenous families of this village due to the installation of 2 water supply systems, which will end the problems of water supply for agriculture and day-to-day life. The installation of toilets and water filters will improve sanitation and allow for better nutrition; and the community will learn better sanitation and hygiene practices through the training courses offered by CRDT.
This project will allow beneficiaries to have more time to develop their agriculture and livestock raising activities, as they will no longer have to devote endless hours to collecting water. The knowledge and skills community members will acquire through training will allow them able to increase their incomes and improve food security for their families. Moreover, health education training will be also provided to the children who will then be able to maintain these standards of health and sanitation within their own families, creating a virtuous cycle.