Typically when people give to the Ugandan Water Project (UWP), they’re doing so because they believe in our mission; they want to see every man, woman, and child in Uganda have safe and reliable access to clean water. But what sets us apart from other good and reputable organizations doing similar work around the world? For some donors, it could be their proximity to our offices in the United States, paving the way for a personal relationship with a local nonprofit. For others, it could be our unique geographic focus on Ugandan communities that connects them back with a country where they traveled or from which they adopted a child from.
But for cryptocurrency users, it’s often the fact that the ways we go about our work in Uganda reflect the same values and priorities that led them to invest a cryptocurrency like bitcoin, dogecoin, litecoin, or ethereum in the first place. After all, if you could not only use your cryptocurrency wallet to donate toward a worthy cause, but also support an organization that understands and promotes the unique value of cryptocurrency… why wouldn’t you?
Here are just a handful of the ways the Ugandan Water Project is that organization.
Cutting Out the Middleman
Cryptocurrency puts the power of each person’s wealth directly in their hands by eliminating banking institutions that make transactions less efficient. UWP shares this value, which is why we choose to implement the water projects you fund, rather than partnering with another construction company or nonprofit to do the installation work. Because of this, we’re able to guarantee installation of the projects you fund within 30-60 days of receiving the funds, a remarkable turnaround time compared to many organizations of similar or larger size.
Because of cryptocurrency mining, your money is yours. Blockchain technology keeps a record of every transaction that a bitcoin, dogecoin, litecoin, ethereum, or other cryptocurrency has been a part of, meaning every cent you own is permanently tied to you until you choose to release it. Similarly, UWP permanently ties individual donors to the water projects they sponsor because and shares the specific data, photos, GPS coordinates, and other impact information for that project with them after installation. Even if it’s been a decade since the time someone sponsored a project, we can tell them the exact community it went to and share our most up-to-date information about the number of lives that have been impacted because of it.
Leveling the Playing Field
Cryptocurrency represents a belief in a more equitable future in which people, not institutions, have control over their own wealth. For many people in Uganda, this future still isn’t possible because they lack basic access to clean water, reducing their productivity and making it harder to gain a meaningful education, obtain and hold down a job, and build wealth. Cryptocurrency donors can help level the playing field and invest in a more equitable future by helping ensure every person in Uganda has access to the fundamental necessity that is clean water.
A Global Community
Cryptocurrency represents a global funding source where there are no geographic limitations or borders. Anyone, anywhere in the world can donate without the limitations of foreign currency exchanges rates and fees. With offices located in Rochester, NY and Uganda, transferring and receiving funds through wires and checks can be a slow and arduous process. However with crypto, transfer times are much faster than normal methods. It’s for this reason that UWP anticipates transitioning to crypto-based fund transfers in the future as relevant infrastructure expands.
About the Ugandan Water Project
The Ugandan Water Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has now funded over 688 projects and served 234,975 individuals thanks to the generosity of people like you. To sustain and grow this impact, we’ve partnered with The Giving Block to safely and seamlessly support cryptocurrency donations. To donate clean water through a cryptocurrency, visit www.ugandanwaterproject.com/crypto
*HODL: The act of holding on to your coins, rather than selling them, regardless of significant price depreciation or poor market conditions. Crypto users that have been hodling their Bitcoin for years have been rewarded for their patience. This term originated from a post on a popular Bitcoin forum in 2013, in which an inebriated user posted a message with a subject line stating, “I AM HODLING.”