I must start by apologizing to those of you who thought I was pregnant based on my previous post title. I evidently created quite a stir. I'm quite amused by the situation, but that's not what I'm blogging about today.
Many of you know that I'm super enthusiastic about opportunities to impact the world. I get especially excited when I find simple ways to make a huge impact. Today I want to share with you one of those opportunities.
Today is World Water Day! I'm passionate about the world water crisis because it's a tragedy that doesn't have to be. The statistics are staggering.
1 in 8 people throughout the world has no access to clean water.
4,000 children die each day as a result.
1/3 of the wells built in the last 20 year are broken.
I'm totally in favor of digging new wells. In fact, we make a monthly donation toward well digging in Liberia, a place that we're particularly in love with because of our 3 kids. But what about all those broken wells?
Meet Ram Rati. She's not your typical Indian woman. She's a handpump mechanic with WaterAid India. She and her team are doing something about all the broken wells there. In just 2 years, they've already repaired 300 handpumps, turning water back on for 30,000 people in India. She's a superhero where you wouldn't expect to find one.
Watch her story, and you'll see what I mean.
The Adventure Project - World Water Day 2011 from The Adventure Project on Vimeo.
Isn't that exciting? Now do you want to join me for an adventure?
Today I'm joining 100+ bloggers for an exciting day of fundraising that has the potential to bring clean water to 3,600 new people in India over the next year. What makes it even more exciting is that it's a sustainable program that creates jobs and preserves dignity.
My job is to inspire 10 readers to give $20 toward the cause today.
I know money is tight for many of us. I know there are plenty of good causes asking for your donation. But I also know that most of us can quickly spend $20 without blinking an eye, and I'm willing to give up one of those $20 purchases to be part of a truly epic campaign like this. What about you?
If all 100+ bloggers reach the goal, we'll raise $10,000 in one day. And if that happens, the Prem Rawat Foundation has promised to match our total, doubling our impact!
Imagine that... sacrificing $20 so $20,000 could change the lives of people in India. Very cool. I hope you'll join me! You can donate here. I'll update you on our progress and on the results of the project.
If you want to learn more about The Adventure Project's work in India, you can check out the project on their website. It's innovative, and it's effective. I love it! I can't wait to learn about the impact of today's campaign.