Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Sixth Day: Charity:Water

Charity:Water is a nonprofit organization that uses 100% of donations to build water wells in desperately needed places.
In the last 4 years, Charity:Water has raised more than $20 million and funded 3,196 water projects in Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Kenya, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, and Honduras.

I don't know about you, but I have a special little boy that still uses a bottle from time to time, and that picture just makes me sick. What wouldn't I do to make sure my baby never had to drink water that looked like that?

But that is the reality for so many mothers across the world right now. Clean water is a necessity that they just can't provide to their children. I wonder how that makes them feel?

I can get up from this chair, walk a few steps into my kitchen, get a clean glass from the shelf, turn on the faucet, let the water run a little until it gets to a good temperature, pour some in my glass, turn it off, and take a drink. Then, I can pour the rest down the drain.

15 seconds.

In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick.

Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.

Along their long walk, they're subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. Hauling cans of water for long distances takes a toll on the spine and many women experience back pain early in life.

With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Kids can earn their education and build the future of their communities.

Some say it is good luck to be born in America.
Instead, I think that God puts some of us, maybe even all of us, here so that we can use our abundant resources to do great things for his people and show the world what living out the Word looks like.

From the Charity:Water website:

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years.

Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.

They also sell some really cool t-shirts and accessories, which fund administrative costs so that all donations can fully fund the water projects.

And did you know that Charity:Water proves all its projects with videos, photos, and GPS? They do, which is pretty darn cool of them.

And your donation is tax-deductable, if you're into that sort of thing.

A $20 donation to charity:water will give 1 person clean water for 20 years. Not only does clean water help fight disease, but it ups a person's life expectancy.
Did you know that in the Central African Republic, the average life expectancy is 39 years?
How old are you?
Give a Charity:Water donation card to your favorite water drinker this Christmas, and make them smile every time they turn on that faucet, knowing that someone else can do the same.

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