My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Operation Safe Drinking Water, Camarillo, CA, USA
I have known Joe for over 30 years. The effort, caring, intelligence and energy he and his wife Maribel devote to OSDW and the needs of the community are beyond the comprehension of most. To abandon the comfort, safety, and 'luxuries' of what we all take for granted - in order to serve others- in order to save lives one precious drop of water at a time - exceeds what even the most caring of us can imagine. I have been to their home in the jungle, I have known the children they try to help - the families and the schools. To see people who have literally no hope, no resources, face deprivation and sickness while around them tourists frolic is blinding in its anguish. To look into the eyes of a mother who knows her child may die for lack of even a drop of clean drinking water is not humbling - its paralyzing.
Joe and Maribel struggle every day - every moment - trying to make a difference. They are not going out to restaurants, they are not sitting around the TV at night, they are not shooting around the corner for a latte or to pick up the dry cleaning..... they are just plodding along - committed to try and raise enough in donations to put some gas in their motor and float another water catchment tank to a family school or community in the middle of nowhere.
Many often say - 'Oh sure but how do I know what I send actually gets to the people I intend to help?! - A fair and legitimate concern - I have been there, I have watched what they do, I have seen how they do it.... they dont take a dime - they apply the dime so that others can benefit.
There is a special place in heaven for people like this and I for one am proud to know them, proud to help in whatever way I may and offer my most profound endorsement of the efforts of this legitimate and effective - Operation Safe Drinking Water.
If the indigenous people of the most forgotten area of Panama could do so they would agree.... in that regard I write on all their behalf.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My many visits and interactions in trying to find ways to spread the word of this important work.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would finance it so that its 'reach' was furthered and its sustenance more assured.