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Charity: Water at Christmas

December 2, 2008

So, loyal readers, by now you probably know all about my fondness for an awesome charity that builds wells in countries with inadequate water supplies, Charity:Water.  But in case you’re new here, consider these facts:

  • One in every six people on the planet doesn’t have access to safe, clean drinking water
  • Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
  • Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more than three hours every day to fetch water that is likely to make them sick. Those hours are crucial, preventing many from working or attending school. Collecting water puts them at greater risk of sexual harassment and assault.
  • Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of unsafe water.  Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.
  • The surface of our planet is 70% water. 97.5% of that is saltwater.  This means only 2.5% is available for the 6 billion people on the planet today.

The amazing thing about this is that’s it’s so easy to do something and do something real.  $20 US is enough to provide someone with fresh water for 20 years.

Charity:Water have just launched their annual Christmas appeal.  Their wonderfully branded Christmas e-Cards are just about the best gift idea I can imagine.  Each $20 donation includes a card sent to your gift recipient, explaining what that $20 will do, and the money itself goes toward the cost of drilling a well in an area without access to fresh, safe water.

Charity:Water are really great at showing exactly what they’re doing.  With Google maps, you can actually see some of the projects.  It really is worth taking the time to check out their website and maybe replacing a box of chocolates or bottle of wine with a gift that will really help somebody this Christmas.

PS.  I’ve just signed up for number four, to start my own little fundraising page, and this year, I’m asking for donations instead of presents.  So just be warned, once it’s going, you’re going to hear me talk about it a LOT more… and if you have any cool ideas on how I can raise a little more, I’d love to hear them.

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