The "Ice water challenge"
STARTED as a fundraising activity. The whole idea of throwing a bucket of ice
water on your head WASNT to get likes on Facebook or make fun of your friends,
though that was part of the fun. Its original intention was to nominate 3
people to do the challenge, and if they refused they were obligated to donate a
certain amount to a certain cause. With social media, pure fun, and out of
boredom, it has took on a whole new life in itself, deprived of meaning. I'm
looking to put the meaning back! There are thousands of people just like us
that have to walk miles with the same amount of water the Ice Water Challenge
participants are wasting by throwing it on their heads, these people are
carrying it on TOP of their heads in order for their family to drink for the
day, never mind washing their clothes. I say the same amount, and not the same
water because the water we are blessed with today is vitamin enriched, cold,
healthy water....While the ones In other countries ARE NOT. They are getting
water from places NOT sanitized, NOT enriched with anything but the dirt at the
bottom of the pond, river, or source they are retrieving it from. SO, I have a
challenge for you! Instead of wasting a few gallons of clean water on your
head….Give someone else a chance to bring home a few gallons of fresh,
sanitized water to their family.
To be short, The Water Project is a
non-profit organization that has been around for about 11 years, incorporated
for almost 8 years. I chose this organization to work with because the cause
is, but is not limited to bringing fresh water to unindustrialized countries in
Africa and helping the economy by bringing new jobs. This isn’t just an
organization with a nice website, a phone number and a credit card scanner.
They are actual people, some of which are on the ground IN Africa, teaching the
peoples of Africa proper sanitation procedures of the plant they are working
but at home as well. They are going into these undeveloped communities,
teaching them HOW TO clean the buckets of water they carry on their heads to
ensure proper care and to reduce the spread of disease and harmful bacteria
these water buckets carry. The hygiene/sanitation seminars held are by the
people on the ground and are not held only for the people working the plant,
but for the whole community.
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU….. All you
Facebook ballers….. POST a receipt! Whatever you feel is “Facebook worthy” it
doesn’t have to be much. Donations can be of any amount over $10 and up to 10K! That’s up to
you! My goal is to reach 920$(click "Donate Now" to view details), which will provide water for four large families this year && with all the Facebook ballers in my inbox and friends list, that
should be a realistic goal. I am not gaining anything from “Leah’s Fresh Water
Challenge” except hydrated individuals and smiles! So next time you see someone nominating
people for the Ice Water Challenge…..nominate them for the FRESH WATER
< 3 Leah.
Anyone working with me on this will NOT be collecting cash, if asked please notify me right away. Donations are to be made directly to the site, www.thewaterproject.org , and no other form of payment is accepted unless otherwise stated on The Water Project site. Even I do not have access to credit card or bank info used for donations. I am only a spokesperson for The Water Project and am not receiving any type of payment for my time, amount of donations or anything of that sort. Thank you. < 3Leah
|09/07/14||Leah Maria||$10.00||FIRST DONATION =)|
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