Cause of the Month: charity: water

It’s been some time since we’ve posted in our Cause of the Month series, but starting today, we’re back on track with it! January’s Cause of the Month is charity: water, a non-profit focused on bringing clean and safe water to every person around the world. Not so much for us fortunate ones in the western part of the world, but the 800 million other people who don’t have clean water.

Photo credit: charity: water

As charity: water points out on their website, clean water isn’t something that we think about. If we want it, we get it. Simple. However, there are many villages/countries where the only source of water isn’t drinkable. In order to get clean water in their village, people have to carry 80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. Can you imagine?!

If you’re still wondering why water, let me share a couple additional facts with you:

  • 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 (source: charity: water).
  • 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 (source: charity: water).
Photo credit: charity: water

charity: water is offering simple solutions for these people/villages like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters for just $20 per person. Additionally, for each village supported, charity: water has a hygiene worker teach the importance of sanitation (including hand washing), the extra time allows the people to start a vegetable garden to feed their families and sell vegetables at the market to earn some extra money. Children also have more time to get educated instead of walking to/from far water sources, eventually allowing them to have successful careers.

As part of my New Years Resolution, I already gave my support to this cause, in the form of purchasing one of the shirts ($20) from their shop, which I absolutely LOVE, pictured below. Even better, I know that 100% of my purchase is going directly to the cause. Any product cost, staff salary, etc. comes from outside investors.

Photo credit: charity:water

Keep up with the latest from charity: water by connecting with them on Facebook and/or Twitter.  Interested in supporting charity: water? Visit their online store or donate monetarily.

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  • Very touching post. Thank you for the information.

  • I love that you posted this. I don't think people regard water and safety enough. We take water for granted.