Melissa via Crowdrise
July 16, 2013
BENEFITING: Charity: Water
I started a campaign on mycharitywater.org yesterday that will lead up to my birthday (August 31) but I also wanted to create a Crowdrise fundraiser for anyone who would rather donate here.
For once, I'm just going to try to give you the basics because otherwise I could take hours writing about this incredible organization, one of my favorites, if not my favorite because it is charity done right!
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean water to developing nations.
Because 800 MILLION people on this planet do not have access to our most basic resource, water, and more important than that, CLEAN water that won't make them sick.
These people, many of them, walk several hours back and forth each day gathering dirty water because they have no other option, meanwhile sometimes, there is clean water just under the ground where they are getting this dirty water from. The problem is they have no way to get to it. That's where incredible organizations like charity: water comes in. They have several different techniques to help communities gain access to clean water. Here is a list of them coming directly from their website: "hand-dug wells, drilled wells, rehabilitations, spring protections, rainwater catchments and BioSand filters."
There are countless amazing things I could tell you about charity: water but here are the big things you need to know in my opinion:
They've been able to help get millions of people access to clean water which helps prevent disease and makes it possible for them to complete daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, and bathing. Many of us, who have clean water so readily available to us, rarely think about how much it takes to do these things daily. When the people in these communities collect their dirty water, they often have to sacrifice not only time and energy and not only risk getting more sick from the water, but they also have to make decisions as to which task gets pushed to tomorrow because they simply do not have enough water for it all. The big, amazing point of what I was trying to say with all of this explanation is that charity: water is able to help with all of these things for about $20 a person. To build one water project it costs an average of $5,000 and when they break it down they've found that they can get clean water to one person with just $20!!
MY FAVORITE PART of this organization besides just the incredible work they do is how transparent they are. Since being founded in 2006, ALL 100% of the public's donations fund clean water projects in the field. Not a cent has ever gone to overhead. Anything else that the organization has to pay for not related to water projects is funded privately and separately.
So that means, every dollar, every cent, you or I give to charity: water is put toward exactly what we want it to be which is making an impact and getting people clean water so they stop getting sick and stop wasting their time and energy collecting dirty water.
I strongly, strongly, strongly encourage you to visit: charitywater.org because they show you rather than tell you what they are doing, better than I EVER could.
Also, feel free to check out mycharitywater fundraiser here: http://my.charitywater.org/melissas21stbirthday because if you donate there, even just a dollar, once your money is put to use (usually in about 18 months because they gather and verify the information on each water project from their partners in the field.) you will receive an email with pictures and information about the exact project you helped build even if you contributed only a dollar!! It's just mind-blowing to me!
Thanks for reading and I hope you can help!!
Credit for video and pictures goes to charity: water and their respective owners.