November 14, 2009

Water For Christmas

I recently learned about an amazing organization called charity: water and would like to tell you a little about them. 

One billion people on the planet don't have access to clean drinking water.  That's one in six of us.  charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.  100% of public donations directly fund water projects.

It’s hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns about our stewardship of the world’s most precious resource. There’s talk of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying up, and of course, plenty of people who simply don’t care.

But forget about us.

Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk 5 miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet more than 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have clean water.

It’s hard to imagine what a billion people looks like really, but one in six might be easier. One in six people in our world don’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.

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. 

Water for Christmas is a grass roots movement bringing both awareness and real "on the ground" change to Africa's water crisis.

Stated simply, they see no reason for 4500 mothers to bury children every day for lack of clean water. And in most places, clean water flows just below the surface. With a little help, local African communities can tap into safe, clean water. Helping provide clean water and basic sanitation is thus one of the first and simplest steps to ending water-borne diseases and their accompanying cycle of poverty in the world. 

So, what I ask of you today is to click on either the charity:water or waterforchristmas links here and check out these great organizations and, if you're able, make a $10.00 donation.  Think about it, you'll probably never miss that $10.00 but it will make a huge difference in the life of a child.

"There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." (Denis Waitley)

**All donations are tax-deductible.


Grandma Yellow Hair said...

What a amazing post this is and so thoughtful of you to write. You are right ten dollars is nothing compared to the gift you are giving. It will be my first present this year.

abby jenkins said...

done and done.
amazing what we take for granted can mean the world to someone else.
what a great charity.
I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog.

Alex Fitzpatrick aka Ma What's 4 Dinner said...

What a wonderful post. I'm so glad you took the time to make us all more aware. Especially this time of year, when we are running around like maniacs, to take the time and thing of something so essential to human life...well, thanks.

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