My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Drop in The Bucket, Los Angeles, CA, USA
When I walked into a café in Los Angeles anxiously anticipating a job interview with the President and Co-Founder of Drop in the Bucket, I did not know that moment would highlight Drop in the Bucket’s personality and mission. I was welcomed in to the non-profit casually and excitedly, as what defined the rest of my time there. We talked for a few hours about DROP and my potential role within the organization. Somehow, every sentence phrased dictated that the work DROP does in East Africa is vital for communities in need, and yet, also not needed, because the people they help are these amazing, vivacious, and innovative doers. Yes, many individuals in rural Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan do not have clean running water, which affects their ability to stay healthy and become educated due to demanding and strenuous hours walking to get water that is oftentimes dirty from hand-dug wells. And yes, these people deserve the basic human rights of clean water and an education. But, the people DROP works with are not these swollen-belly, hands-out-begging-for-money type of people we should pity. DROP helps East African people because they are just like everyone else in the world and they deserve what we all deserve. Through the language DROP uses and the actual work done on the ground, DROP is trying to change the perception of Africa, bring awareness to everyone about the ongoing crisis, provide people with their deserved rights of clean water and education, and thus, make the world a better place.
DROP’s tireless efforts to raise money and to implement innovative solutions to the water crisis in East Africa are not without intelligent thinking and creative partnerships between people. DROP works directly with communities and schools asking what best works for each individual site, rather than taking a top-down, “this is what they all need” approach. Communities even have to set up savings organizations in which they learn about finances and loans, before DROP drills wells. This then translates into a long-term solution. Communities now have their own savings, in which they can repair wells when they inevitably break, hire people directly from their area, and even allow people the opportunities to start small business ventures, circling around to having complete self-sustainment. DROP uses this beautiful and necessary method of self-sustainment, which all non-profits should be doing. Drop in the Bucket is an organization that truly strives to help people who deserve everything we all deserve in this world.