You may have noticed the SocialVibe link on the right had side of the page. SocialVibe helps connect people with charities. In this case, it helps my readers connect with a different charity each month. When you click on the link, you can support the featured charity without making a monetary contribution.
For the remainder of May and June, the featured charity will be charity: water. charity: water is a non-profit organization that helps bring clean drinking water to others in developing countries.
I’m sure you’re asking, “You’ve written about water before, why water? What’s the big deal?” Exactly! It is a BIG deal. Water changes everything. The time that women and children spend collecting water hours away from their home is time that they can’t spend going to school, getting an education, working or raising their family. It’s dangerous. Not to mention the fact the gallons of water they are hauling from the source to their home is contaminated causing diarrhea, dehydration, illness and even death. Every 19 seconds, a child in a developing country dies from a water related illness. Often times, the amount of water they collect isn’t even enough for them to wash their hands and faces, let alone enough to drink.
Every $1 invested in improved water supply and sanitation yields an average of $4-$12 for the local economy, depending on the type of intervention.
There are so many ways you can help! You can donate any amount you want on charitywater.org. You can also do as the celebrities (and other awesome people) do and give up your birthday gifts in return for donations to charity: water from family and friends. Kristen Bell narrates this powerful animation explaining why clean water is such a big deal. You will definitely want to check this out… besides, it’s only three minutes long!
Don’t forget – 100% of your tax deductible donations go to water projects in developing countries all over the world. If you want to learn more about the amazing cause and the wells and other projects they have created, please follow them on Twitter, Facebook, or sign up for emails to find other ways you can help and get others involved. You can also visit their store to find some pretty awesome t-shirts, bracelets, hats, pendents, and more!
Mother’s Day is fast approaching and there is no shortage of non-profits supporting the women who brought each and every one of us into this world. From Every Mother Counts No Mother’s Day to Sevenly’s fight against breast cancer with the National Breast Cancer Foundation we are reminded how important mothers are to us.
Here are some ways that you can support your favorite mother, as well as your favorite non-profits
Every Mother Counts – No Mothers Day – Imagine you were never able to meet your mother. Every Mother Counts is creating awareness for women everywhere who die during pregnancy or childbirth. Join celebrities like Debra Messing, Kelly Rutherford and Sheila Kelley in staying silent on Mother’s Day by not accepting gifts, not taking any calls or updating Facebook or Twitter, rather encourage them to donate funds, or purchase gifts that will educate and support girls and women all over the world. Even if you want to celebrate your mother, please watch the video and increase your awareness of women everywhere, some who are never able to celebrate Mother’s Day again.
One World One Ocean – If your mother is an animal lover, consider making a donation in her honor to help polar bear mothers in the Arctic.
Water.org – Honor your mother with Water.org. Your $25 donation provides safe water for life. This water is not only drinking water, but it aids in health, dignity and opportunity for those in developing countries.
Kiva – Is your mom or favorite woman an entrepreneur? Invest in another woman’s future and she will do the rest. You choose a borrower to receive your loan and follow the periodic updates regarding the progress of your loan. Any loan repayments are yours to keep, but you can also consider making another loan, or get someone else involved with a Kiva Card. Also check out Dermalogica’s joinFITE program. With each Dermalogica purchase, you can donate $1 to the joinFITE program aiding in entrepreneurship.
Sevenly – This week Sevenly’s teaming up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funds for women for early detection. If breast cancer is detected early in it’s onset, the survival rate increases to almost 100%. Get your mom, or favorite gal Sevenly’s shirt of the week to fight against breast cancer. These shirts are super fashionable and will look great on any of your favorite women. For every $22 – $27 purchase $7 will be donated to NBCF. Don’t forget to check out this touching video!
When someone is feeling thirsty, we usually turn to good ol’ H2O. What if it wasn’t as easy as turning on your faucet? What if your job was to travel miles to gather water for your community? Water is one of the basic needs that most of us take for granted. Too many people in developing countries are dying from lack of clean drinking water. I know I missed World Water Day on March 22, but it is still important to understand that this is a serious issue. Here are some Water facts from Water.org:
- 3.575 Million people die each year from a water related disease… That is equal to the entire city of Los Angeles.
- Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
- 884 Million people lack access to clean water… That’s almost 3x the United States Population.
- 3.575 Million people die each year from water-related disease.
- The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
- People living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.
- An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.
- Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.
Water.org was founded by Matt Damon and Gary White to help communities in Africa, South Asia and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Visit Water.org to find ways that you can help or follow them on Twitter!