I'm riding to support Water For People and their water and sanitation program's in Africa, India, Central America and South America. WFP's goal is to provide clean water and proper sanitation to everyone, forever. This means developing innovative and fully sustainable programs that will provide full coverage in every district they work in with locally managed systems and life-cycle financing. This means leading the development of the standards and technology that non-profits, for-profits, governments and communities need to responsibly help the 780 million people who do not have access to clean drinking water and the 2.5 billion people living without proper sanitation worldwide.
Who are these people? I've posted pictures of them. They are the students I taught in Malawi who are too often sick, thirsty or at risk as they walk long, dangerous paths to water sources. They are their friends who haven't had the chance to make it as far in school. They are people like the host family that I lived with for 2 months in Dedza, Malawi as they struggle to grow what they live on. They are people like Khwalala Community Day Secondary School's Headteacher, Mr. Kachingwe, and his family, doing their part to help lift their community out of poverty. They are Khwalala's soccer team as they bike to distant games, my friend Yona as he works out at his homemade gym, and Makuyukuyu HIV Support Group as they bake out of the oil drum oven we built together. They are the millions and billions worldwide who were born into conditions that you wouldn't believe, who aren't asking for anyone's pity, who do extraordinary things when given the opportunity.
A donation to Water For People is money well-spent. If you have some money to spare, I ask that you to help them put it to use to make the 3.4 million deaths per year from water-related diseases and the 1.5 million deaths per year of children under 5 from diarrhea worldwide a thing of the past.
NY City NY Sub-Committee wrote -
Water For People has been selected as a charity partner for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour for the third year running. This 42-mile tour through NYC's five boroughs is unlike any other bike ride you'll ever see as bikes own the streets, bridges and highways of New York City for one day only. Water For People's ride will mirror what millions of people around the world do everyday--mount their bicycles and ride long distances to collect clean water for their families.