A Great Sustainable Birthday Present! 8/25/2010 10:10:12 AM



There are a billion people living without clean water. Four years ago, some people had a crazy idea. They asked friends to give up their birthdays gifts for donations instead. 100% of the money raised is used to build water projects. Every year, it got bigger. They now helped over a million people get clean water. This September, join them again, start a campaign, give up your birthday. It can change the world.

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet donít have access to clean, safe drinking water. Thatís one in eight of us. Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years. In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick.

Their website is a place where you can create fundraising campaigns and collect donations. Every dollar raised is tracked to a water project. 100% of your donation will directly fund freshwater projects in developing nations. Just $20 can give one person clean, safe drinking water for 20 years.

Nearly $3 million has been raised over the site, including notable campaigns by angel investor Chris Sacca, Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey, and Alyssa Milano who raised $96,000 on her 37th birthday.
 

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