Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Quenching Thirst for the Water Revolution

Every morning before work, I fill my Nalgene with water from the tap.  I drink it throughout the day.  I don't think twice about where it came from or that I can refill it whenever I want.

I don't worry about what's in my water. If I'm thirsty, it's only because I didn't stop to take a drink.

It kills me that this is not the reality for everyone in the world.

Today is World Water Day.  And today, along with  more than 100 other bloggers, I'm asking you to take part in the Water Revolution.

The Adventure Project is now working on another initiative: Keep It Clean.  This time the focus is on bringing clean water to people in need in India.

Did you know that:
  • 4,000 children die every day from lack of clean drinking water.
  • Tragically, 1/3 of all wells drilled in the last 20 years are now broken.
  • Often there are no tools, spare parts, or trained mechanics to fix them.
So, what's the solution?

WaterAid set up a Handpump Mechanic mechanics business about two years ago.  Now, when a handpump breaks down, villagers can call to request a mechanic.While fixing the well, the mechanic educates the villagers on hygiene and well maintenance in an effort to prevent disease and future breakdowns.  The mechanics also bring water samples to the lab to ensure that the water is safe to drink. Click here to read the awesome story of Ram Rati, one of the first female handpump mechanics, and see how this program is making a difference.

The Keep It Clean Campaign's goal is to help WaterAid increase well repairs so that 700 more people have access to clean water each month.

And here's where we come in!  4 bloggers have set the goal to raise $10,000 dollars today to support a well mechanics program in India. 

100 bloggers are challenging 10 of their readers to give $20.  Would you consider giving $20 today?  Your $20 would ensure clean water for 3 people!  Raising $10,000 means mechanics will be able to repair wells for years to come, turning water back on for 300 people per month.

And if $10,000 is raised today, the Prem Rawat Foundation has decided to match it, meaning we will have $20,000 to go toward providing clean water!

That is huge! 

Your donation is 100% tax-deductible, will be matched by the Prem Rawat Foundation, and will support The Adventure Project's Keep It Clean Campaign for India.  Click here to donate.

Don't miss out on the Water Revolution!  Please let me know if you decide to donate $20 toward this worthy cause, either in the comments or by email.  And please spread the word by linking to this post on Facebook and Twitter!

2 comments:

  1. It's important to realize how so little can change so much in other parts of the world.

    This year our school committed to raise money for a well. We are most of the way there. I have a big drive planned right after prom. We (the student council) will serve water from pitchers (good old clean American tap water) in exchange for the gatorade or bottled water or coke the kids would have purchased in the lunch line. On the tables, I plan to have several large sealed jars full of creek water - the option for so many worldwide. The students have been very generous so far. I am looking forward to a great deal of participation.

    With you and the team you represent!

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  2. We didn't just meet our goal- we beat it! Thanks to everyone who gave. http://theadventureproject.causevox.com/

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