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Giving in Action

We give 5% of our revenue from your purchases to achieve the MiiR Give. We invest in empowering others through clean water, education, and bicycle projects. Take a look at our live projects and outcome measures below.

Clean Water

Together, Water1st and MiiR are partnering to implement 5 water, toilet and hygiene education projects in Demra, Bangladesh, anticipated to benefit 200 people.

The Approach

Water1st has been working in slum neighborhoods on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, since 2006. They bring crucial water and sanitation services to this area through their local partner organization, Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK). DSK enters communities and forms action committees comprised of local residents, who analyze their own living conditions and prioritize their needs, clean water and toilets being identified most often. DSK offers technical and financial assistance to anyone within the planning area to construct their own water system and toilet.

Where

Bangladesh

The Problem

Bangladesh has one of the world’s highest rates of internal population migration from rural areas to urban centers. New arrivals settle in crowded, unplanned residential areas lacking basic services like water supply, connections to sewers, electricity, stormwater drainage, etc.

The Goal

DSK has supported the construction of over 500 water systems and toilets in the Demra area, serving roughly 30,000 people. MiiR’s financial support will allow them to complete an additional 5 projects in the Demra area in 2017, serving approximately 200 people.

Upon the completion of a project, the average time spent collecting water drops from 45-60 minutes to 10-15 minutes (the time it takes to fill buckets, pans, etc.). The amount of water used increases 400%-1000% while the cost decreases. Money spent on medicine to treat illnesses decreases to as little as 100 taka ($1.25) per month. Because of these projects, families spend less money and enjoy better health and quality of life.

About Water1st

$15 MILLION RAISED. 1,873 PROJECTS COMPLETED. 165,675 LIVES TRANSFORMED.

Water1st was started in 2005 by a group of professionals with solid experience in the water and sanitation and fundraising sectors. Our focus was simple: build an organization from the ground up with the ability to consistently implement high-quality water and sanitation projects that provide permanent solutions for the world’s poorest communities. We are fulfilling that vision, one community at a time. We’ve completed 1,873 projects, and not one has failed.

www.water1st.org

Education

MiiR’s first ever water projects were completed with Well Done Organization (WDO) in 2011, and we have partnered once again, this time focusing on education through the launch of MiiR bag sales by supporting the funding of fixtures and equipment for Chariot High School in Buchanan, Liberia.

More About The Liberia Project

Where

Buchanan, Liberia

How

Well Done Organization operates in war-torn Liberia, Africa, existing as an instrument to bring relief through clean water, sanitation education, food and child sponsorships.

Why

MiiR came alongside WDO in its efforts to complete the opening of a high school in the city of Buchanan, Liberia, the highest form of education now offered in the region. With the physical structure privately funded and constructed, next came furnishings. MiiR’s contribution of $1,895 purchased desks, chairs, and the labor required to level a soccer field on campus. With a faculty of 10 teachers and 125 students enrolled for the 2016-17 school year, about half of the students travel 4-5 miles each day to attend classes. Subjects taught range from math and English to civics and physical education.

This project is now completed

Bicycles

MiiR and the Boise Bicycle Project first partnered in 2012 upon the launch of MiiR’s bicycle line and as a way to commemorate our founder’s hometown of Boise, Idaho. BBP is a nonprofit community cooperative that promotes the personal, social and environmental benefits of bicycling.

More About Boise Bicycle Project

Where

Every December, BBP hosts a kids bike giveaway (350+ bikes) at its location in Boise for children ages 4-11 years old. Through an application process that includes submitting a drawing or story describing their “dream bike”, kids are selected from local non-profit organizations, schools, social workers, after-school programs and other like-minded organizations. MiiR is donating 50 Bambinis to this program, to be assembled by community volunteers, as a way to encourage children to get moving on bikes.

How

BBP functions as a bicycle recycling center and educational workspace in a diverse and non-threatening atmosphere. Through education and access to affordable refurbished bicycles, BBP strives to build a stronger bicycling community. BBP offers a variety of youth and adult programs including work trade, commuting and repair classes, social rides and aspiring mechanic skills training.

Why

The Boise Bicycle Project believes the bicycle is a tool with the power to create positive social change, and MiiR couldn’t agree more. With a vision to enhance the quality of life through bicycling, BBP’s values are:

  • Access to bicycles
  • Sustainable re-cycling
  • Building confidence
  • A path of opportunity for kids
  • Collective impact

This project is now completed