charity:water

Posted on September 9, 2009

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Some of you may have heard of charity:water. If you haven’t, check here for their website. Or watch the first video. It speaks a bit of their beginning & something new(ish) they are doing this year.

What has excited me most about this organization is they recently traveled to Haiti. This made my heart jump & do a little dance because Haiti holds a very special place in my soul. I went there almost ten years ago after high school & still haven’t been able to fully process the trip. This is the video Scott did while in Haiti celebrating their three year anniversary. Note the celebration going on in the background. Haitians have THE MOST celebratory lifestyle I have ever seen. They love dance & will do so unabashedly while lost in worship. I love it.

Makes you think, doesn’t it. I have been setting a goal for myself to drink three liters of water a day. Clean water. Water I take for granted & sometimes complain about when I have to drink from tap. (I’m getting so much better about this…especially because of organizations like charity:water) Yet, in Haiti & so many other places in this world, water is a luxury. If you are able to get water, it’s filthy & murky & similar to something we may see in a stagnant puddle ripe from yesterday’s rain.

Right now, 1.1 billion people in the world don’t have access to clean water.

That’s 1 in 6 of us.

It may seem all so simple, but so many health & societal factors tie into water issues. According to charity:water’s website,

Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more than three hours every day to fetch water that is likely to make them sick. Those hours are crucial, preventing many from working or attending school. Additionally, collecting water puts them at greater risk of sexual harassment and assault. Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of unsafe water.  Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.

I’m a huge proponent for not just sharing but moving people to action. So – if you have watched these videos & read these statistics & checked out the website & still are wondering what you can do – check it.

Water for Schools – this is a new program through Charity:Water & I am super stoked about what Lane Wood has been working on these past few months. Water for Schools boils down to one simple fact: 50% of schools in the world don’t have access to clean water. Through this campaign schools will be able to actively take part in changing the lives of people across the world by raising money, keeping track of their progress & immediately seeing results via photos & GPS coordinates in Google Earth. Their goal is 2 million the first year of launching this initiative – which would result in 100 villages getting clean water. Rad.

MyCharity:Water – it’s like myspace & facebook…but with a greater purpose. Mixing social media & fundraising, charity:water has given people the opportunity to connect with others & develop fundraising campaigns ranging from birthday soirees devoted to the cause, donations to charity: water in lieu of anniversary & wedding presents, running for the cause, shaving your head…the ideas are limitless & you can track it on this site. Sign up. It’s simple & easy.

So there’s charity: water. The more I hear about this group of people, the more I respect them. Check them out. Read their story. Get involved.

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