DID YOU KNOW that sending bottled water to a disaster site overseas can be 1,000 times more expensive than producing safe drinking water locally? CIDI, in collaboration with relief professionals, created a Greatest Good Donations Calculator to demonstrate why transporting material goods is so expensive. This is one reason why the best way to help people affected by disasters is to provide monetary donations to aid groups working on the ground.
Purchasing 6 Half-Liter Water Bottles* in Washington, D.C USA for $1.14 and shipping it to Kabul, Afghanistan will cost an estimated $323.33**.
In Kabul, Afghanistan $323.33 could be used by a relief organization to purchase 64,666 liters of clean water locally. This would provide 32,333 people with 2 liters of clean drinking water for a day.
In Kabul, Afghanistan, $323.33 could be used by a relief organization to purchase 36 hygiene kits or other needed supplies in bulk.
*Item costs derived from WalMart.com
**Shipping costs derived from FedEx.com