Charity:Water birthday appeal. So far we've raised $1,470 which met my $1k goal. Yay! 42 people will get clean water as a result of the work we've done to date. As soon as I get them from Charity:Water, I'll be providing GPS coordinates and pictures of the people and communities we impacted. Because this is such important work, I'm going to keep the project going through the month of October, and I'm very happy to report that the very generous Virginia Clay has agreed to keep matching donations dollar for dollar.
Why does this project matter? Here are a few facts provided by water.org:
- More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and
hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the
- Every minute at least one child dies from a water-related illness.
- [The water and sanitation] crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns
- An American taking a five-minute shower (not to mention the average Aussie teenager taking a 20 minute shower...you know who you are boys) uses more water than the average
person in a developing country uses for an entire day
So thank you, thank you, thank you for helping! This is really worthwhile work and you're integral to it. Please drop by the site: https://my.charitywater.org/magdalenas-50th and join us if you haven't already. No amount is too small - just click "Other" and you can enter any amount at all - the cost of a card, a cup of coffee or an international phone call, perhaps. Every drop makes a difference, and the difference, as my dear muse Gertrude Stein once said, "is spreading."