Every year on January 1st millions of people decide they want to better themselves. Lose 10 lbs, excersise more, save extra money. What if you took the effort used trying to keep a silly resolution and use it to help the greater good?
Then I started thinking ... what do I take for granted? I have everything I need: food, clothes, cars, and a roof over my head. Then it hit me. While I'm lounging in a bubble bath drinking pinot noir, women my same age in third world countries are carrying buckets of water for miles so their families can survive. Millions of people stuggle to find water to wash with, let alone CLEAN water that is safe to drink.
Water is an abundant resource, and quite easy to access; yet so many people go without for various reasons (technology, funding, etc.). The more I thought about it the more I realised what a simple goal clean water is. I spend most of my time working for a company that spends billions drilling for oil and natural gas. What if I spent just a fraction of that time helping a non-profit bring people the most basic necesity - WATER?
So my resolution for 2011 is to help provide the most basic necesity, and hopefully change some lives in the process. Please join me by helping to fund a water project! And please consider the waste of bottled water!
$6,500 can fund an ENTIRE project. I plan to raise funds throughout the year using social networking, local Houston events, and utilize corporate matching programs.
Please email or message me!
Over 3.5 million people die each year from water-related disease
884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people
The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease
Investment in safe drinking water and sanitation contributes to economic growth. For each $1 invested, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates returns of $3 – $34, depending on the region and technology.
Please visit: www.thewaterproject.org
The Water Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations are tax deductible.
I chose www.waterproject.org because of its transparency and funding sources. I also considered working with www.water.org which is a more established non-profit with a broader scope. The Water Project receives a significant portion of funding from grass roots efforts, whereas www.water.org relies heavily on large scale corporate and celebrity donations.
I wanted to feel like I am personally making a difference. The Water Project is very interactive and has proven to be a focused and sustainable non-profit with very specific and public goals.
Check with your employer about matching gifts!
|06/10/11||Leah Petri||$100.00||you go girl|
|06/08/11||Gaurav Mehta||$30.00||This is great that you're doing this. Thanks for sharing!|
|03/09/11||kaleb baker||$100.00||wish I could send more, hope it gets to those who need it most|
|02/03/11||Matt Notley||$100.00||Thanks for bringing awareness to this issue and a way to get involved!|
|01/20/11||Mari Bailey||$25.00||Katie, what a good cause, I am happy to support you!|
|01/10/11||Kyle and Candice Haley||$10.00|
|01/10/11||Patti Bright||$50.00||Very worthwhile project.|
Did you know nearly 1 billion people don't have safe water to drink?
Together, we can change that. Let's fund a new source of drinking water for those who suffer needlessly without it!
Our gifts will be used to construct or rehabilitate a water project, like a well or sand dam, in Africa. We'll see pictures, GPS coordinates, and updates as they come in from the actual water project we fund so we can celebrate the results along with the community we help.
The Water Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization unlocking human potential by providing clean, safe water to communities around the world who suffer needlessly without.
Working with local partners in countries like Kenya, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Uganda, we build long lasting water projects that are organized, owned and managed by the communities receiving them.
Together, with our partners we identify, implement, report on and follow up on every project. Then we share the whole story with you to inspire confidence in the work being done and the impact it has.