Saturday, March 5, 2011

Water.org

I had surgery yesterday so I am not really in any kind of mood to be writing. I wanted to talk about http://water.org/ It is a great organization that helps third world countries get clean water. I read a lot about the statistics of people dying from lack of clean water and it disgusted me. I can't even imagine how I would feel if I had friends and family members dying of polio because it's a disease that was cured a hundred years ago. Well people outside the US are dying from dysentery, typhoid, and cholera every single day because they don't have access to clean water.

Here is the mission statement from Water.org:

"Water.org is challenging the traditional approach to assisting people in developing countries. Our goals are to draw attention to the world’s number one health problem, unsafe and inadequate water supplies, and to raise funds to help fight this immense problem – one community at a time.
Our mission is to inspire people to act:
  • Donors – to provide consistent financial resources with a sense of solidarity for those in need of safe water
  • Staff and volunteers – to seek innovative and efficient solutions to meeting the global water supply needs of today and tomorrow
  • People in need of safe water – to take the lead in meeting their own needs
Together, these people form the “waterpartnership” that will allow us to realize our vision.
Develop high quality, sustainable water projects. We use our expertise to foster high-quality, sustainable, community-level water supply projects. We promote innovative solutions that enable communities to take a leading role in solving their own water supply problems.
Enable donors to invest wisely. We exist to create a global awareness of the water supply crisis and to help people respond. We carefully invest donors’ funds in only the highest quality projects through locally-based water development organizations. We hold ourselves accountable to donors and to people who benefit from the projects they support."
I think it is very important to support this organization. You can do so by buying a water bottle, all the proceeds go to helping create safe water sources one community at a time.

Have a great week!

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