The mission of charity: water is to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world, and they are making that happen. In 2006, Scott Harrison founded charity: water as one solution to the poverty and water crisis he witnessed first hand in Africa. Since then, millions of dollars have been raised to fund clean water projects around the world, and 100% of that money goes directly to funding those projects. Private donors, sponsors, and foundations help cover staff salaries, office supplies, and operating expenses like credit card fees for online donations so that every dollar given to charity: water is used to provide clean water.

As explained in the video above, clean water does more than quench thirst. Clean water prevents diseases that claim thousands of lives every day. Easy access to clean water allows women and children the opportunity to attend school, learn how to read and write, and provide for their families instead of taking on the difficult, time-consuming, and dangerous task of fetching water from hours away. Clean water has the ability to change everything.

While I will be celebrating my 26th birthday next month, there are millions of children around the world who never see their 5th birthday – simply because they don’t have access to clean water. So this year, skip the obligatory Facebook wall posts, gift certificates, and Hallmark cards. What I really want for my birthday is water – clean water to change lives around the world.

Here’s how you can help: visit my charity:water campaign and make a donation. It is my goal to raise $2,600, which provides clean water for 40 people. 100% of the money we raise will directly fund water projects around the world, and when those projects are complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the impact we made.

After that, spread the word! Blog about it, share the link to my campaign page on Facebook or Twitter, or tell a friend over coffee – or maybe a tall, cold glass of clean water! Help me reach my goal and make this a birthday to remember.


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