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The Gift of H2O #water1215

Farah Ahmad

Nearly one billion people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. It's time to play a role in this crisis.

Click here to watch this quick 3 minute video to learn about this crisis. If this doesn't break your heart, I don't know what will. Help out your fellow members of humanity, and at least get informed. This impacts so many corners of the globe, its hard for us to ignore it.

charity : water

charity : water is a nonprofit organization that has funded over 13,000 water projects in 22 countries, in Africa, Asia, Central and South America.

charity : water  works "with more than 22 implementing partners around the world to assess and determine areas and communities in need of clean water and sanitation. We choose the countries where we work based on water scarcity, poverty, political stability -- and the availability of strong local organizations in which we can partner with for major change. charity: water can’t accommodate requests from donors to work in certain countries. We honor the chance to be good stewards of your fundraising efforts – and we take it very seriously. You can be sure that 100% of the money you give or raise will go to a community that’s very much in need."

where will my donation go?


My particular campaign will fund a project in Ethiopia.

As charity:water explained to me, my campaign is part of Keurig Green Mountain's (KGM) "matching initiative that will help fund water projects in Ethiopia."

In other words, whatever donation you make will be matched by KGM, thereby helping you double your impact. Ex: Your $25 donation will actually be a $50 donation!

See where charity: water currently works here >

how much can I donate?

ANY amount- no matter how big or small- helps! 

can I view the impact of my donation?

Yes. As of October 2014, the estimated timeline for charity:water's partners to complete the projects and report back to charity:water (and thus for charity:water to report back to ME) is 21 months. So in 21 months, I will send each of you a complete report about the projects that were implemented to provide clean water, as well as the exact location.

my campaign

This year, I turn the big 2-5, Quarter of A Century. After attending the United Nations Social Good Summit in New York City, my 'activist' persona was inspired. Moreover, as an Environmentalist, I cringed at all the water being dumped during the Ice Bucket Challenge. A thought sparked. For every ounce of water dropped, why couldn't we also utilize social media to donate wasted water to those who REALLY do not have it?

I also had the opportunity to meet journlists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. After meeting them and purchasing a personalized copy of their book, A Path Appears (I was stoked!) I learned about charity:water. After doing more research about charity: water and its extensive field work, I am inspired to tap into my network- each and every one of you. We can end 2014 knowing that we MADE a difference.

I recently learned that millions of kids around the world don't live to see their fifth birthday because they don't have access to clean, safe drinking water. We can help change that. So, for my 25th birthday this year, instead of birthday gifts, I'm asking for you to donate to this cause. 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 21 months). That means we'll know the locations and names of the communities we helped.

Help me reach my goal by my birthday, December 15th. Please donate to my birthday campaign- give the gift of water!

In one minute and a few clicks, you can donate to my birthday campaign and give the gift of H2O by clicking here