Charity Water

As we talked about yesterday, water is a dirty, dirty beast. We have to clean it first, and keep it clean, to live.

If you use Hulu to watch tv online, you may have noticed ads for Charity: Water (or you may have just run to the bathroom before your episode of Dancing with the Stars: The Results came back on).

Either way, Charity: Water is an organization devoted entirely to clean water and the provision of said water for people around the world. 100% of donations go directly to on-the-ground projects (their administrative sponsors even pay the PayPal fee!), and $20 will provide clean water to 1 person for 20 years.

Charity: Water has completed over 2,500 projects and is currently working in 16 countries, including Haiti, India, and much of Central Africa. They partner in those countries with local water organizations, who they consider the real experts and the ones who will keep the projects going. And they place completed projects on Google Earth, so that you can view the well you built!

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

  • Make a donation.
  • Volunteer (in NYC and London)
  • Fundraise for a whole well with your own campaign site (the coolest!)
  • Get your school involved

Charity: Water also has some nifty merchandise. They are most famous for selling $20 bottles of water to raise money and awareness. Now they have teamed up with Thermos to create an awesome Hydration Bottle, which you can feel free to buy for me.

Join In!

How awesome is getting clean water to people who need it?

What other ways can we provide clean water around the world (besides buying me stuff)?

2 Responses to “Charity Water”
  1. Darrell says:

    How can we get clean water to people who need it? The answer is different if the problem is an arid area where there is no water at all but for most I would think the problem is water polluted by sewage, chemical runoff, petroleum, etc.

    I’m sure there are many answers that are good ones but a Big Berkey water filter for each family would be ideal. If that is not possible, then one for every 4 or 5 families. These filters were originally developed for missionaries who worked around very polluted water. They are very durable, long lasting and require no electricity. You can run muddy water, sewage water, pool water or whatever through it and then drink it. It is an amazing device. They cost less than $300 and probably could be purchased in bulk for much less.

    I have no stake in this company at all. I just think it would be a low cost, when you consider transport, etc. solution. It’s not a bad investment for any family just in case.

  2. Michael says:

    Great post. It is exciting to give water to someone for 20 years. Wow.

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