In 2012 we had Emmy-Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette grace the stage at Awesomeness Fest as one of our highlight keynote speakers, where she spoke about philanthropy and GiveLove, an NGO she co-founded, dedicated to developing temporary housing solutions and improved sanitation systems in Haiti.
Thanks to the astounding ticket sales from the event, we managed to donate $26,000 to GiveLove from the Awesomeness Fest fund, which had previously also contributed to organizations such as Shine on Sierra Leone and Pachamama Alliance.
Our proceeds have helped Patricia Arquette and GiveLove launch the largest household sanitation project in Haiti, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, providing sanitation to thousands of people.
Below is an email that Patricia had send out to her followers and followers of GiveLove, thanking Awesomeness Fest for its support. Well, we thank and applaud GiveLove for their noble mission and dedication, and we thank and applaud all the delegates who had attended Awesomeness Fest 2012 for making this possible 🙂
We’ve only just scratched the surface… there is still much work to be done. We all know the world needs positive changes, and here is one positive change we can make together. Together, we can develop community-led sanitation projects to treat and compost waste, improve public health, and create jobs around recycling.
Why should we do it? That’s easy… When you work on improving sanitation, like we do in Haiti, you start to really see the big picture. Sanitation is the keystone to solving so many problems in the world — improving public health, reducing child mortality, recycling and reducing waste, protecting water resources, and revitalizing soil with rich compost. No one is really talking about the problem of untreated sewage or the fact that 40% of the world’s poorest people live without a toilet. In fact more people on Earth have cell phones than toilets.
If you would like to provide ongoing support to GiveLove you can click the link below to donate. We are on the last stretch of an important fundraising challenge that ends September 24 so time is of the essence. Please also consider reaching out to all your friends, family, and everyone you know to ask them to GiveLove too!
Watch the video below to find out more about Patricia Arquette and GiveLove and it’s initiatives and projects, and help them raise more funds to provide sanitation solutions to even more.