The holiday season is all about giving, which is why we have decided, for the second year in a row, to donate to a cause we feel passionately about: access to safe water.
One in nine people around the world — or a total of 748 million individuals — lack access to clean water. And every week, 30,000 people die. This is more than the number of people who are killed by violence, including war. Children are at particular risk, as their immune systems are not strong enough to fight diseases such as dysentery, and 90 percent of deaths are children under the age of 5.
We first heard about charity:water during a HubSpot inbound marketing conference. After we experienced as a team what it feels like to walk with 2, 40 lbs. jugs of water during our “water walk,” we felt inspired to help this amazing cause, where 100 percent of money donated goes toward help bringing water to under-privileged communities around the world, in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.
None of the money charity: water receives from the general public goes toward anything other than funding their water projects. Private donors, foundations, and sponsors cover all operating costs, including staff salaries, office systems, rent, and supplies. charity: water even reimburses credit card fees from online donations.
charity: water runs different projects in every community they help, according to factors such as water needs, water sources, terrain, and population. They hand dig and drill wells, build rainwater catchments, install gravity-fed systems, piped systems, and purification systems, and create BioSand filters and spring protections.
Just How Much Can Access to Safe Water Help?
Access to clean water reduces deaths by 21 percent, but proper sanitation can reduce deaths by 37.5 percent and washing hands by 35 percent. For this reason, charity: water provides sanitation training and provides every community where they build freshwater wells with the necessary materials to promote hand washing.
So far, charity: water has helped more than 3 million people, and we want to help them continue their work. Clean water transforms lives, communities and generations — and at a surprisingly low cost, just $30 can provide clean water for one person. We would love it if you could make a donation this holiday season. Please give whatever you can, and know that however much you are able to donate, you are making a huge difference in someone’s life this holiday.