Thursday, September 02, 2010

The Water Challenge

My sister's birthday is in September in just a few weeks. It is absolutely wretched trying to figure out what to get her. Granted, we're not much for birthdays in our family. Lately I've given to just volunteering to watch "the cousins" for a few hours so she and her husband can grab a lunch or dinner. Not terribly exciting.

This year, however, I've got it! In addition to watching the girls (because dag, they're cute and my kids love hanging out with them), I'm going to make a little donation toward this organization.

Yesterday 30 bloggers started a campaign to raise $30,000 in 30 days.

If you check the list, and you read here with any regularity, you'll see a lot of familiar names. A number of them sit over in my blogroll to the right.

I think this is remarkably cool.

Some super amazing things about this:
  • $1 gives someone clean water for 1 year. One. Stinking. Dollar. Seriously, this past Saturday I spent four times that on a nasty cup of coffee that I threw away. The uncool of that makes me want to bury my head in shame. Four years of water wasted on something that I poured down the sink because it was too sweet.
  • 100% of what you donate goes toward water projects. Yes, you read that right. 100% of your donation goes to get people water. The overhead has been taken care of by private donors so ALL of your money goes to help. That is redonkulous.
  • All the cool kids are doing it. Seriously, that list of bloggers is like the who's who of awesome. Only like a REAL who's who, not that scamtastic yearbook thing that "elite students" got into. 
  • When you give, charity: water will update you on how that money is being spent, by giving you pics, vids and GPS coordinates of where the well is being built. 
I know it can be hard to find a little extra money for things like this. Rachel Held Evans had some great ideas on where to find a little extra cash. Last year our family gave up "special drinks" (coffee, pop, alcohol) for a month to save money to give to Nuru (since they also help with water projects). We saved a bunch of money in that short amount of time (hard to believe we spend that much on pop!). Even just doing that for a week or two, you could probably find $5 in your budget to donate toward this project. And even $5 will give someone clean water for FIVE YEARS. Seriously, there probably isn't anything else that you could spend $5 on that will last for five years. Except maybe $5 worth of Twinkies. But water is better than Twinkies (even frozen ones), so that's probably okay. Even if you can't give, please spread the word. Share the links on Facebook. Blog about it. Share & follow progress on Twitter (you can follow with the hashtag #30water).

So think about it. You can donate to the 30/30/30K campaign specifically and keep track there of how close they are to hitting their goal. No, scratch that. How close WE are to hitting OUR goal. Let's go!

ETA: Just shared a tweet with my friend Billy who works for Nuru and he also gives charity: water an enthusiastic endorsement. I've got nothing but deep, deep respect for Nuru, so hearing that they're partners makes me extra excited about this project. Squee!

I'm doing it for my sister -- which September birthday do you want to celebrate by giving someone clean water? Also, if you blog about this, let me know so I can read what you have to say!
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