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The Drop: A weekly update from charity: water during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Drop is a new weekly email designed to equip you with updates from the field and ways to stay involved. Despite the challenges we’re all facing, we hope it’s an encouraging reminder of just how important your support is, especially now.

DISPATCHES FROM THE FIELD

Every week, you’ll hear from a member of our Water Programs team to understand how the pandemic is affecting our work around the world. This week, we’re sharing an update from Christoph Gorder, our Chief Global Water Officer.
At charity: water, our 22-country partner network employs over 1,000 of the most inspiring, dedicated professionals you’d ever want to meet. Coronavirus is having a huge impact on everyone in the world, and it’s going to impact our partners in two significant ways. 

First, coronavirus is disrupting operations. Most of the countries where we work now have nationwide lockdowns in place. In many ways, they are having the same experience we are. Staff members are doing their best to be productive from home while worrying about keeping themselves and their families safe. We’ve all experienced our own challenges in recent weeks, and you can imagine how challenging these times might be in places like Malawi or Ethiopia. All of this is happening very quickly.

Thankfully, many of these countries are several weeks behind the US, and they’ve been able to take important, preventative steps early in the outbreak. Hopefully, this will save many lives.

Second, because of the very nature of their work, our partners are going to be key to preventing, and then responding to, the outbreaks in their countries. Hygiene, handwashing, social messaging, and clean water are the most important tools in fighting coronavirus. Our partners are experts in this field. So, it’s natural that governments are leaning on them to help with response plans.

2019 was charity: water’s best fundraising year ever, and because 100% of funds go to the field, our partners are at their peak capacity right now in terms of staff and funding. In the coming weeks, we expect our partners to take an increasingly-active role in their governments’ response plans. When they do that, charity: water will be there to support them.

As the efforts in the field ramp up, we’ll keep you informed about how everything’s going.

ICYMI 

Last Tuesday, charity: water founder Scott Harrison and Chief Global Water Officer Christoph Gorder teamed up for a Q&A on Facebook Live. If you missed it, you can catch up on the whole conversation here.

IN CLOSING, A LITTLE GOOD NEWS

Members of The Spring get an email filled with good news each month, but right now, it feels like we could all benefit from a little extra good news. We hope it lifts your spirits!

In communities where our implementing partner Water for People India has worked, 9 out of 10 households have soap and water available for handwashing! Globally, only 60% of households have soap and water in their homes for handwashing.
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