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.
<style=”text-align: justify;”>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 December. This day is a unique opportunity to see your support to our NGO count more than ever! As the end of year is approaching, it is really important for us to receive donations so
The Cambodian Rural Development Team is of course taking part to this event! This is for us an incredible occasion to raise funds for our projects since this year the Bill and Melinda Foundation made a generous gift of 1 Million USD to match the donation made this day! It means that all the donations made up to 1 Million USD will be 50% 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 less depend on the institutional donors and their criteria to fund our projects. Development projects completely depend on the generosity of the others, and on the Tuesday 29th of December, we rely on YOUR generosity!
80% of Cambodia’s population is rural, of those, only 47% have access to improved drinking water and 31% have access to sanitation. Pu Char Village is particularly remote and the poor conditions to water access and sanitation there are a challenge to both living and agriculture. Agriculture is the main source of income and the lack of water impacts endangered the food security as well as the villagers health.
This project will provide an easy access to water to the 70 indigenous families of this village thanks to the 2 water supply systems, which will end the problems of water resources for agriculture and day-to-day life. The installation of toilets and water filters will ameliorate the sanitation and allow a better nutrition. The community will learn the new sanitation and hygiene practices through the trainings.
Thanks to this project the beneficiaries would be less concerned about the access to water and will have more time to develop their agriculture and livestock raising activities. Through the trainings the community will be able to increase their income and improve the food security. Moreover, the health education trainings will be also provided to the children who will keep these good habits with their own family: a virtuous circle would have been created.