bring clean water to millions…5 minutes at a time

Charity: Water is a non-profit organization that is breaking socioeconomic barriers with innovative methods and strategies for bringing clean water to the estimated one billion people in the world without clean drinking water. I first heard about the organization from founder/CEO Scott Harrison during a conference I attended in early May. His personal testimony was incredible, and his utilization of people skills and connections is unreal.

80% of diseases on the planet stem from the lack of sanitary water, and according to Harrison, leads to more deaths than all violence…including war. You can help this cause with 5 minutes of your time, right now. On the top left side of this blog, you’ll see a big, colorful link from SocialVibe for Charity: Water. You do not need to register with SocialVibe to help get water to these people. Simply click on the link, and it will bring you  an activity-choice page. An activity usually entails going and voting for another non-profit or charity/community cause, or “liking” a facebook profile for a cause.

Your participation in one activity will prompt SocialVibe to donate enough money for 183 gallons of clean water! That’s it. No strings attached. That is enough to give one person clean water for three months, or about ninety people clean water for a day. There is a counter below the picture of the little boy on the left-side link. I have gotten the counter started with the first 183 gallons. Let’s get that number to explode.

Every Tuesday and Friday (or any other time I feel like it), I’ll be posting reminders on twitter and facebook to take five minutes of your time, and raise 183 gallons of clean water for those in need. Retweet, repost, and spread the word to everyone you know online about this cause. Post your own SocialVibe link on your blog while you’re at it.

Now that you have taken a few minutes to read this, take a few more and follow the link. I’ll close with the mission statement from Charity: Water’s website:

“It’s hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns about our stewardship of the world’s most precious resource. There’s talk of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying up, and of course, plenty of people who simply don’t care.

But forget about us.

Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk 5 miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are a billion people on the planet who don’t have clean water. It’s hard to imagine what a billion people looks like really, but one in eight might be easier. One in eight people in our world don’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.

Here, we’d like to introduce you to a few of those billion people. They are very real, and they need our help. They didn’t choose to be born into a village where the only source of water is a polluted swamp. And we didn’t choose to be born in a country where even the homeless have access to clean water and a toilet. We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Follow them on their daily journey. Carry 80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. Dig with their children in sand for water. Line up at a well and wait 8 hours for a turn. Now, make a decision to help. We’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. We know how to help millions.

Start by helping one.”

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