So, it’s almost my birthday. June 9th, 2014. I am turning the big 20 this year. I felt I could do my first real good deed as an adult, and raise money for charity: water.Β  I recently learned of a terrible water crisis that affects millions of people worldwide. Charity: water is a non-profit organization on a “mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet.” Water is personally something I take for granted. Leaving the water on while I brush my teeth, taking an extra long shower, and turning on the faucet whenever I’m thirsty. The list goes on. Reading about this charity, they make it easy to donate. They help you see where your money is going and most importantly who it’s going to. After a lot of research on this charity and multiple YouTube searches, I found some moving videos and interesting facts.

They have birthday campaigns where people can give up the money they would have gotten on their birthday and donate it to their charity. Famous people (like Tony Hawk), and everyday folks as well, have given up their birthdays.

Scott Harrison, the founder and CEO of charity: water shares his inspirational story and what he’s learned about the water crisis. He explains..

“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.

In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely contaminated.

 

Here are some of their ad campaigns as well..

 

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So, I’m asking for my age in dollars from everyone I know. Every penny of the money raised will directly fund clean water projects in developing countries. Even better, charity: water will show us exactly which projects we funded once they’ve been fully completed (which takes about 18 months). That means we’ll know the exact locations and names of the communities we helped. They will include the exact location on Google maps and real-time photos of the village/people we helped. You can read more about why water is so important, here http://www.charitywater.org/whywater/

My goal is important to me, but what is more important is helping others. Any donation counts, and if we could help just one person get clean water then that would be a birthday well spent. 100% of the money you raise goes to fund clean water projects. I believe in this charity and I don’t think your money would go to waste. Even if you give 2$, every donation counts πŸ™‚

Please donate to my page which can be found here:

https://my.charitywater.org/20-years-young

Thank you and much love,

-Jordan

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