Charity name: Operation Blue
Location: Lobethal, SA
Contact: Jack Wilson, Founding Director
Where does Operation Blue affect change?
Nepal, Kenya and Australia
Tell us about your charity?
Everybody in this world deserves access to clean drinking water, it’s a basic human right, and unfortunately, there are many still out there without access to this luxury. We live in a country, where clean drinking water literally falls from the sky, and it’s up to us, those who have access to clean drinking water change the game for those who don’t.
Our vision is to continue building this platform, in a manner where it is easy to fund and distribute water filters to communities which need them most. We use Sawyer Filters, a quick, easy, simple yet effective filtration system which can provide water for families without access. By providing clean water, the health of these communities starts to build, and a snowball effect starts. Healthier communities mean less time sick and more time at work or school, less money spent on medicine and more on food. The health benefits of clean water set a healthy foundation for life.
How long have you been operating?
Just Founded!!! Waahhoo
How did the idea start?
Inspired by the beautiful children of Huruma Children’s home, Nairobi, Kenya. The joy and motivation shining from Huruma is life changing, our initial steps to founding the project were taken well before this trip, but the project looked a little different back then, focusing on the plastic pollution crisis. Our founding director Jack, learnt so much about himself in Africa, and the project slowly grew into a platform orientated around the clean water crisis. The cards we have been dealt with in Australia, clean water, education, a roof over our head, motivates us to give back to the country that gives us so much hope.
How can people get involved? Are you open to collaboration – if so, what kind?
Spread the word! It’s not commonly known that there are still over 800 million people in this world without access to safe, clean drinking water! We have an exciting project in the works, which will allow the adventurous to distribute water filtration units in more of a ‘DIY’ style manner, changing sightseeing travels into humanitarian trips without too much fuss!
Doors are also open for collaboration and also for fresh ideas on tackling the clean water crisis! We are a young, passionate board and are excited to see which direction op blue grows.
Are you raising funds for anything specific or rallying for a specific cause right now?
At the moment, we are raising funds for the reopening of international borders, then a small passionate team will head over and distribute filtration systems to communities which need it most!
Any interesting facts you can share about your charity or industry?
Over 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water without means of filtration.
Over 800,000 children under 5 die every year due to waterborne diseases
The clean water crisis can be solved, and it’s up to us to change the game.
What’s the overall vision for Operation Blue?
We have established opblue in a manner where the organisation can grow in whatever direction the journey takes us! We have a dream, to change the game for those without access to clean drinking water, as it’s up to us, those with access to do so.
What’s your ‘why’? What drives Op Blue to do what you do?
Our ‘why’ lies deep within a series of events, which drive us to do what we love… To continue to build this dream which has the potential to help so many less fortunate than us. We only launched last week, and have received such an incredible response. The moment our first funded filter lands in a community in need, what a moment that will be. If we can provide water to just one person in our journey, what an incredible possibility that is, and it’s looking a bit bigger than that…