I’ve donated my next 30-days of #podcasting to raise $10,000 to bring hundreds of people without access to clean water a clean water well, right in their hometown!
When you donate $10 to the campaign YOU get to decide WHO I’m interviewing next and WHAT questions or topics you want answered!
WHAT? WHY WATER? — IF YOU THINK WATER IS A RANDOM THING TO RAISE MONEY FOR READ THIS.
There are a lot of things I am passionate about — the environment, education reform, #diversity in #STEM, and empowering girls and women around the globe to have greater access to educational and career opportunities are just a few! But, then I interviewed Tyler Riewer & Cubby Graham from charity: water. And I realized that all of the things I am so passionate about enhancing around the world (access to education, opportunity, & women’s empowerment) aren’t even in the realm of possibility without first solving the water crisis 663 million people around the globe are facing.
BUT WAIT, WHY??
If you don’t see how water could relate to education, opportunity, or empowerment it’s ok. I didn’t realize it at first either. The reality is that, the nearly 1 in 10 people around the globe who live without access to clean water, well most of them live in rural areas and have to spend hours every day walking to go collect water for their families to literally live, eat, work, or pretty much do anything. The hours of walking that these people have to endure (every single day) that prevents kids from attending school, parents from working, and people from participating in the betterment of the communities and world around them.
What I’ve realized is that ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER = EDUCATION, INCOME, HEALTH, AND A MORE PRODUCTIVE SOCIETY — especially for women and children! Without FIRST providing all people access to clean water, the rest of the time, money and breath we spend advocating for program to create change around the world will be spent in vain because we will have failed to see and to solve the root of the problem. Access to clean water.
In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water. That’s more hours than exist in a year, more hours than it took for me to complete four years of college, and it’s more time than both you and I have even been alive! Access to clean water gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school — all of which fight poverty. Women are responsible for 72% of the water collected in Sub-Saharan Africa. When a community gets water, women and girls get their lives back. They start businesses, improve their homes, and take charge of their own futures.
Clean water helps keep kids in school, especially girls. Less time traveling to fetch water means more time in school. Clean water and proper toilets at school means teenage girls don’t have to stay home for a week out of every month.
Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. 43% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to clean water and basic sanitation can save around 16,000 lives every week.
For all of these reasons, and more, I am absolutely certain that WE MUST do whatever we can to solve the water crisis. Fundraising for charity: water means that 100% of the money donated to this campaign will go to activating clean water projects in impoverished countries across the globe.
You heard that right, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! That’s because charity: water has all of its operating costs covered by a small group of private individual donors. (“Operating Costs” = the money that enables the organization to function, and/or operate. I.e., the funds that pay for people’s salaries and things like that.) That means, that ALL of our donations will go directly to putting clean water into the hands of the millions of people who are stranded without it. That’s pretty much unheard of in the non-profit industry.
Please, join me in raising awareness and funds to bring an entire village without access to clean water the chance at a better education, a higher income, and a brighter future. If 100 people who see this post each contribute just $10, right now, we’ll have more than 10% of our goal! So please, join me in doing this. With all of the craziness going on in our world now is the time, more than ever, that we must have empathy for those who live in the world around us.
So let’s DO SOMETHING GOOD. Together for the life, liberty, and justice for all.
Truly, this project means the world to me and I know it means something so much greater to the people whose lives will be saved by gaining access to clean and safe water. For all those participating, thank you!
With love & gratitude — Kat