You’d probably rather have a nice cold beer and a hot dog, and you can, but let’s consider something a little more important as well. As you celebrate the birthday of our Country, there is an opportunity to pledge to more than the American flag.
charity: water is an organization whose goal is to provide cleaner water for everyone on the planet and they have developed a unique way that you can pledge YOUR next birthday to the cause. 800 million people still live without clean water on our planet. Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are in children under five years old. The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. charity: water focuses on life’s most basic need — water. But to significantly cut down disease rates in the developing world, water is just the first step. Almost everywhere charity: water builds a freshwater well, we also require sanitation training. In some communities, we build latrines; at the very least, we promote simple hand-washing stations made with readily-available materials. Clean water can greatly alleviate the world’s disease burden, but only with education and hygienic practice. charity: water is committed to using water as a gateway to sanitary living.
ADDING IT UP: THE RETURN
Every $1 invested in improved water supply and sanitation can yield from $4 to $12 for the local economy, depending on the type of project.
Even in regions prone to natural disasters, water infrastructure has proven to be a smart investment, sometimes reducing flood damage or disease rates among survivors. Clean water transforms lives, communities and generations — and at a surprisingly low cost. Just $20 can provide clean water for one person.
Do you remember your best birthday ever? Bring that feeling back. Pledge your birthday.
Sign up with a form here. When your birthday is near, the folks at clean: water will remind you to start a fundraising page and ask your friends to donate to clean water for your birthday in lieu of presents. They will use 100% of the money you raise to fund clean water projects. When complete, you’ll see the exact projects you funded with photos and GPS.
Here’s a story of a birthday boy named Leroy:
- Give Up Your Birthday for Clean Water (gunaxin.com)
- I am happy about charity water! (virtuouscoaching.wordpress.com)