Thirsting for a Difference?

In Rwanda on December 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Let’s try something. See if you can count how many times you’ve walked by a faucet or water fountain already today.

Now imagine this: What if all those faucets disappeared and you had to walk an hour to get a jug of water…and then another hour to bring it back to your family?

It may sound a little unbelievable, but I’ve seen this firsthand.

When I was in Rwanda, I was forced to confront the scarcity of clean drinking water, as I watched masses of children riding bikes and adults walking up steep hills each day just to carry a jug of fresh water back to their families. And, in many developing countries water sources are so scarce that women and children spend 3 hours on just one round trip to a water source. The sad thing is, that time can be cut down from 3 hours to JUST 15 MINUTES through the work of organizations like charitywater.org.

Why should you care whether it takes 3 hours or 15 minutes?

That’s valuable time that those children could be spending in school or that parents could be working or taking care of their families. When you think about it that way, water isn’t just the source of life; it’s the source of education and economic growth that can end the cycle of poverty and dependence that plagues so much of our planet.

Instead of talking about it, let’s make it happen.

If we can get just 200 people to donate $10, we can provide clean water to 100 people for 20 years! And since charity:water is a non-profit organization, each donation is tax deductible. Better still, 100% a $10 donation will go directly to building wells in developing nations. That’s because charity:water funds its office and staffing expenses from separate donations. Where are you going to get a better return on a $10 investment?

Let’s see how powerful social media really is…

1. Share this link via Twitter or Facebook: http://mycharitywater.org/10×200 to see how far we can spread the word. Ask your friends, family members, and co-workers to check it out. The more people that see it, the more people we can help.

2. Visit http://mycharitywater.org/10×200 yourself and give what you can. If you can only give $5, that’s enough to give one person clean water for 5 years! If you can give $10, that will go twice as far to meeting our goal. Either way, every dollar counts – and will make a noticeable difference in the life of real people.

In about the time it takes to walk to a faucet, fill a glass with water and drink it, you can take both steps. So what’s holding you back?

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