Recently my boss did something for his birthday that I really liked (although I didn’t participate at the time). He gave up his birthday to raise money to provide clean water through Charity:Water.
Here’s how it works: someone signs up for the site, picks an event to attach to the donations to, sets an amount, then starts spreading the word to get people to donate to their charity fund. It takes $5000 to build a water project. The projects include wells, rainwater collection systems, pond filtering systems, and tapping and protecting natural springs. The process takes one year. That includes the time required to build the water system, as well as establish the community involvement, create a community leadership team who will be responsible for the water project, provide sanitation and hygiene training, and testing of the water to ensure it’s safe to drink.
So what can I do about that? Nothing. I don’t have $5000 to build a water system by myself. But I do have a lot of friends and acquaintances. If everyone donates $24, it will only take 204 people to fund a project. We have 90 days to raise the money (by April 8). In 91 days, I turn 24. I believe we can do this. Some people may only be able to donate $24, others only $2.40, some of you may be able to donate $240 or $2400, or any other amount. All I ask is that you donate. I will also be adding to this effort with my own money within the 90 days.
Watch the video at the top if you haven’t already to hear more about the story of charity:water. If you want to donate to my birthday charity fund, click here or on the charity:water image on the side of the page.