charity: water

April 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

So I realize that a post about water has nothing to do with burgers, unless it just so happens that you enjoy drinking water when you eat burgers.

I wanted to take a quick break from my usual topic and tell you about something that my class is doing, the class that also was the impetus for beginning this blog.

Imagine that you go to brush your teeth in the morning, and no water comes out of the faucet. Okay, that’s fine, you think. I guess I’ll just use mouthwash. So you finish getting ready and then walk out in the hot Georgia heat to walk to class. After about 15 minutes, you’re hot and dripping with sweat, so you reach for your water bottle, but there’s nothing in it. Well, that’s annoying, you say as you shove it back in your bookbag.

Now imagine that for the rest of the day, you don’t ever find any water to drink. You get home from class and you’re ready to take a nice hot shower, but no water comes out of the faucet. You end the day thirsty, unbathed and miserable.

Now imagine that this is your life every day.

Because for one in eight people in this world, it is.

Right around one billion people in the world don’t have access to clean water for bathing, drinking, cooking or almost any other use. And for those who do have limited access to it, the prices are either astronomically high or you have to walk around four hours to get to a well that will have, at best, somewhat clean water that’s likely full of bacteria and impurities.

It’s hard for us to imagine not being able to have easy access to something we take for granted, which is why our class is trying to spread awareness about charity: water and the amazing work they’re doing to bring water to places that don’t have it.

Charity: water is an organization that works to provide clean and safe drinking water to underdeveloped countries by building wells. And our class is trying to help aid their mission by raising $5,000 to build a well of our own.

With only a month to raise this money, this is where we need your help. Here are the ways that you can get involved!

    • Sign our “One Day Without Water” pledge as a promise that you will see what it’s like to live in the shoes of someone who doesn’t have water for an entire day. http://bit.ly/eCbTLb
    • Visit our website for your chance to donate and learn more about our campaign, Is Yours Clean? http://bit.ly/i0lUdy

    • Come join us today in Tate from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and play “water pong” for a chance to win free baked goods!
    • Come out to Buddha Bar next Wednesday, April 27, for a percentage night where all of the proceeds will benefit our campaign!
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