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Don’t give.Take.

Published on: 23/11/2020


Take a second to help transform billions of lives. For good.

1 December 2020 is #GivingTuesday, a colourful global celebration of generosity. IRC is proud to once again stand alongside countless individuals and organisations striving to make the world a better place. This year, we will do so while also driving the movement in the Netherlands as a partner organisation providing two spokespeople.

On this day of global giving, our ask is this:

Don’t give. Take.  

Take a second to ensure your likes and retweets leave a lasting impact.
Take a second to help a whole class get to school, not just one student.
Take a second to establish safe sanitation and hygiene at every health centre forever, instead of funding isolated one-off projects.
Take a second to bring safe water to every town and district forever, instead of sticking a pump in the ground and hoping for the best.
Take a second to help transform billions of lives. For good.

Make Giving Tuesday Systems Tuesday

The challenge

Worldwide, more than 1 in 2 people do not have access to a safe toilet and almost 1 in 3 do not have access to clean water. These figures are staggering. The problem remains one of the world’s most powerful sources of injustice, inequality and basic failures in human rights. IRC is dedicated to changing this, but not the way you would think.

Short-term interventions and one-off gifts of aid frequently fail to deliver on their promise. It is unacceptable that 1 in 3 pumps fail within months of installation. There is a better way to make lasting change. And the world increasingly agrees.

The way forward

Our solution is simple. Create sustainable services, tailored to local circumstances.
We call this a systems approach. 

IRC is dedicated to working with citizens, communities, local and national government and entrepreneurs to build lasting, sustainable services that can meet the needs of everyone. Underpinning all of this are strong systems that keep water safe and poo safely managed.

We have on the ground expertise that is making this happen across the world. We know how to tackle the scale of the problem and create services for all, we need citizens, experts and decision-makers from across society to make a connection between their interests and the demand for improvements in water and sanitation.

Help us go further faster