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Charity:Water Completion Report #7

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philip May 4, 2017

Our seventh Charity:Water completion report arrived! Thanks to your support, we were able to fund 19 community water projects serving 4,418 people in Ethiopia.

Here is an interactive map showing the GPS coordinates of all the completed projects we've sponsored to date:


All of our completion reports are below:

Project Completed People Served
Ethiopia March 2017 4,418
India March 2016 1,817
Malawi, Africa (2016) March 2016 7,361
Bangladesh December 2015 4,775
Adishimhafti School, Ethiopia, Africa March 2014 198
Timket-keze School, Ethiopia, Africa December 2014 223
Malawi, Africa (2014) Early 2014 373
Total 19,165

PCPartPicker is supported through affiliate commissions from participating retailers. One of our founding principles is to help those in need by donating a portion of our earnings to charity. We do this because it is important to us.

When you purchase components through retailer links on PCPartPicker you're not only supporting this site, you're helping provide clean water and sanitation to people in need. 100% of donations to Charity:water go directly to the field.

Thank you for being a part and helping make this happen!




















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dominorider2431 2 Builds 18 points 24 months ago

This is one of the many reasons I love this website. You guys make such a nice place to share computer info, but yet to good back to the community.

Good work guys!

P.S. May the force of PC building be with you

StarBlazer457 1 point 23 months ago

You should have said: "May the fourth be with you".

dominorider2431 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

maybe... maybe i should have...

But does "May the fourth of pc building be with you" sound better?

i didn't think so...

StarBlazer457 1 point 23 months ago

I didn't read "... PC building be with you". Lol

dominorider2431 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago


pegotico 2 Builds 10 points 24 months ago

We do this because it is important to us.

Great to see more ppl bless through this community!

WirelessCables 1 Build 7 points 23 months ago

Things I love about this website :

You can plan out PCs

You can help people out

PCPartPicker donates to charity because they can.

Great to see people giving back! A fabulous community and great people behind the scenes.

I wish I could upvote this

joelhowell 6 points 24 months ago

Hell yeah guys, incredible. This site is more than PCs and PC parts. Not only does it have this fabulous community, but it's actually helping those who are in need. You guys are providing an incredible service to those across the globe. Keep up the good work PCPP and keep helping those who are in need

Fleetleader101 5 points 24 months ago

So excited for the work PCPP Community is doing overseas, we should do more of this in the future!

gorkti200 3 Builds 4 points 24 months ago

Continuing to set an inspiring example. I love seeing these project updates and knowing that you guys are not only running a great site and business but helping people where you can, too. It makes me proud to spend so much time here.

ling_nammers 1 Build 4 points 24 months ago

Great work, everyone! It's good to know that this website "gets it" Would love to see more posts about these community projects in the future. Keep up the good work!

DubiousDeeds 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

This is an amazing and worthy effort. These photos put a smile on my face, thank you!

Realdeal36 3 points 23 months ago

I love seeing these reports. It's great to actually see a tech-based site post something like this. Others, even though they do offer the option donate to charities, none of them seem to show any proof that what is being donated is going to the supported cause. Not the case with PCPartPicker!

Keep up the amazing work, and never stop until every person has clean water!

Specter-Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Nice work! Nice to know that you guys give back to people in need!

JuiceKingsRevenge 2 points 23 months ago

That's very awesome of you guys. Keep up the good work PCPP!

NotMark 2 points 23 months ago

I did not know anything about this before today. This made me smile so much that a site about building PCs and PC parts could do something this generous to the less fortunate. I have gained so much respect for you guys. I love this.

rtr1999 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

thank you guys so much, i have been to countries like this and have seen the need for clean water, thanks for helping people who need it so badly

XxPCbuilder2016xX 2 points 23 months ago

Props to PCPP, I have been on this site for 4 years and i have seen them doing things like this, really appreciate it +1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

If i could

somename48 2 points 23 months ago

I have appreciated this place as a very helpful venue to me in my desire to learn how to, and build a pc. I already had a very favorable perception of this place. And the stock just went up... way up. A tip of my hat to y'all. Kindness in whatever form it takes is something this world needs more of.

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I'm happy to see this once again. The communities that you have helped, I'm certain, are very grateful to have access to clean water. A must have in our daily basis. Again, thank you for giving them the gracious gift of clean water.

anandmd 2 points 23 months ago

Awesome job you guys! Keep up the good work.

Skyrim 2 points 23 months ago

Perfect Gesture for people in time of need. Awsome community.

Skyrim 2 points 23 months ago

Kenya is another step. Especially Northern Kenya.

Jerome54 2 points 23 months ago

Good job PCPP!!!! One more reason to love your website and the community behind it! :-)

Namnguyen 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

how nice of you PCPP for donating! The community was proud of it.

unicykle 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I still love seeing these updates. Warms the heart knowing there's people like you guys out there doing what you can. Keep up the good work :)

xTwistts 2 points 23 months ago

Good **** PCPP, great to see you giving to people in need of something every human deserves. Clean water for a clean and healthy life! One of the best tech websites i've been on and will be on for years to come! Much love to PCPP for doing this. :)

ArvinAceAttorney 2 points 23 months ago


Just Kidding,

In all seriousness tho, nice to see this kind of stuff!

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I wanna give money for this.

Songster 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

When I get on the internet, pull up google chrome, pcpartpicker.com is the main page I saved to load up first. If it was not for this site, and all the people that helped me along the way here, I might not had ever built my first pc, back in 2014.

But it is because of the giving back to others, like this here, is why I am proud to be a part of this community in the first place. :) Thank you for all the help you have done for others by giving water to places that would not have had it like that, if it was not for you guys.

mokoho1 1 point 23 months ago

Amazing... Keep it up :D

TheBlackPython 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Wow this is amazing! I did not even know that PCPP did this!!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Good deal. Thank you for taking care of all of these folks. Keep up the good work.

JudahRoars 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thumbs up! Not having to walk several miles to get water is a big deal in some countries! Way to contribute to world development :)

StarBlazer457 2 points 23 months ago

And more than likely not very "clean". And especially in 90-100 degrees!!!

JudahRoars 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

With animals of all types wandering about doing God knows what in it.

MannyPCs 1 point 23 months ago

What a kindhearted thing. I like that you use this website for good causes, it inspires me. Kudos to you and the staff :)

tussiez 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

You meant you were giving 100% of your profits to Charity


Cazza_ 1 point 23 months ago

This is so awesome to hear. One of the main reasons I love this website :)

Soulzaroth 1 point 23 months ago

That is beautiful! I had no idea PCPartPicker donates for a better cause until I saw this. This makes me want to use PCPartPicker more often.

cricketkiller 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Pardon my ignorance but who is The Carmichael family? Just curious.

Keep up the good work and continue giving back to the community :)

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

That's me and my family. (My last name is Carmichael.) Our first Charity:water donations came from me personally, and then when the business grew we never changed the attribution. I'm not in it for the plaque though (and the other guys here at the business know that and don't care what's on it). Though I understand starting 2017 they won't be doing the plaques any more, which is totally fine.

cricketkiller 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Nice! Thank you for clarifying Philip, I didn't know your last name (Whoops! :p)

I am sure that all the people that now have access to water are very thankful :)

Great job!


vDreaMs 1 point 23 months ago

Absolutely amazing...PCPP is a blessing.

RWmedia 1 point 23 months ago

This is so awesome.

Xtion 1 point 23 months ago


god bless you in the judgment day when every human being are poor there with their empty hands.

Regard From Iran.

Craigus 1 point 22 months ago

Well done Phillip and everyone else involved, i just went from liking this website to loving it.

TroyH 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

So awesome great work guys!

roamin24 -1 points 24 months ago

Not to be a downer, I mean its great these people got something they needed. But if you could instead donate to get rid of homelessness in our own country, that would be awesome.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 22 points 24 months ago

The desire of my heart to help those in need does not stop at the border to my country. Helping homeless individuals is a worthwhile cause, but it's also a complex one that funding alone cannot solve. Water is as fundamental of a need as it gets. Access to clean water not only saves lives - it allows children time to go to school, get educated, and have hope for their future. One well can transform a community. There are over 600 million people in the world who do not have access to clean water. That is the need I have chosen to focus on.

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roamin24 -1 points 23 months ago

My opinion got me a -2, oh sure I'm the bad guy for giving out my opinion lol.

I said nothing else because I saw nothing wrong with the answer. The issues in this planet will not be solved by one person or even 1 group, it would take a unanimous world effort to fix the world and a full countrys cooperation to fix a countrys issues and thats not happening any time soon(if ever).

The way i see it, neither of you is wrong, and neither of your options creates a guarantee or permanent fix to the issue you chose to fix. Because no issue is ever that simple.

But you are doing what you can and at least for the moment it does what you both intend..it helps.

Providing a well has its own complications from helping the homeless. I just hope you also provided or set up local government assistance to take care of those issues(maintenance/repairs). Because if they couldn't help themselves to pay for the well to begin with, its just a matter of time before they are back to square one.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

If I do nothing, I will certainly not make a difference. However, I'm doing something, and it is making a difference. Is it solving the entire world's problems? No. But go ask the people in the communities affected if it made a difference to them. :)

As for maintenance, yes, that's a big thing to consider. Fortunately Charity:water is on top of that as well with their initiative called Pipeline. I highly encourage you to learn more about it here: https://www.charitywater.org/pipeline/

vDreaMs 1 point 23 months ago

roamin24, the -2 points on your original comment was 3 peoples opinion, to dislike your opinion. I shouldn't have to explain this simple logic any further.

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NobleSavage -5 points 23 months ago

Yes, charity begins at home, this myth that we in the west are all living the dream while those elsewhere are screwed is way off, we have people living in hell too. Of course water is something all people should have access to, but there are thousands of charities and NGO's working on that and have been for decades (makes you wonder why they haven't fixed it yet lol, no demand = no reason to exist perhaps?), be nice to see something a little more original and much closer to home.

Way too much virtue signalling in here, amazing how many people feel the need to broadcast just how good they are, perhaps they are trying to drown out a different kind of inner voice eh?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 8 points 23 months ago

Charity begins where there's a need. There's nothing preventing you from donating where you see fit.

But lets be clear: if you want to be snide or throw in veiled personal attacks, then you can find another community to participate in. They aren't tolerated here.

NobleSavage -4 points 23 months ago


gorkti200 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

What you seem to read as people broadcasting "just how good they are" is everyone saying things like "good job" and/or "this is inspiring". I don't think giving kudos amounts to virtue signaling. Coming onto a blog post that shares the latest developments of an act of charity, and finding a way to imply that everyone but them is a dope and that this act of kindness is merely a pedestrian error, seems far closer to it.

In any case, unless you're going to reply explaining how you have been donating to charities that specifically target problems domestically (in which case, here are your dreadful kudos in advance), then you should heed legonate's advice and put your money where your mouth is. Meanwhile let people give the way they want to give.

NobleSavage -3 points 23 months ago

I don't give to charities at all and I'll explain why.

Firstly it's like outsourcing your good will, literally contracting someone else out to help others on your behalf, chucking a few pennies in a bucket to assuage your conscience then going about your day feeling really good about what a wonderful person you are, secondly charities are notoriously wasteful and many are corrupt as hell, most are also overtly politicized, in short does that donation really pay for a kids education? or a charity directors shiny new lease car? or the expensive hotel seminar or overseas jolly? or has it ended up in the pocket of a local warlord - you never can tell.

Instead I actually do charitable things, whenever I get the chance I go out of my way and give up my time to physically help other people, for example I volunteer at a local centre for disadvantaged kids where along with others I cook meals on Saturdays for free, I also help organise a workshop that teaches young offenders at a detention centre about technology, that is real charity, this lazy empty self serving giving of spare change means nothing, it's virtue signalling distilled.

For me being charitable is a state of mind, I don't only volunteer locally, I try to be a decent and productive member of my community, if I see an elderly person struggling with shopping I help them, when I cut the grass in front of my house I cut both my neighbours grass too, when it's rubbish collection day I wheel out the old fellas bin across the road, yeah, this paying to feel better about yourself is part of what's wrong with the modern world, people should make more of an effort to actually make a real difference in their daily lives, it's the only way to make this world a better place in my opinion, it's the real definition of the word charity.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 7 points 23 months ago

Your volunteer work is great. But this isn't a matter of local self-labor vs donating. It's not either-or.

For analyzing how a charity operates, check out Charity Navigator. Something interesting about Charity:water is that 100% of donations are sent to the field. Administrative costs are funded separately. On the back end of things I get progress and completion reports that verify my contributions.

I want to help, but I am one person. I'd fly across the world and build wells myself, but I'm just one person. It's not my expertise. I could do it, but it'd be very inefficient. Instead, I work on things I am efficient at, like building this site. This site makes more money than I need. Why hoard that money? I chose to give. I could fly over and help do the work myself, but I'm only one person. By funding the projects through donations, I pay local teams, helping their local economy, to do jobs they are specialized and more efficient at. It not only provides a need (water) - it also helps fund jobs and labor there in a market where work is not as plentiful as it is here.

this lazy empty self serving giving of spare change means nothing, it's virtue signalling distilled

It may mean nothing to you, but it means something to me. I don't care if you think that's lazy or whatever - I'm not doing it for you.

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