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Charity: Water

Charity: Water

I spy a certain substance. It's color is rather clear. It’s a liquid. It can be ingested into your body. In fact, about 55-75% of your body is made up of it. You bathe in it. You play in it. You swim in it. It’s pretty easy to access, and you’ve actually probably guessed it by now. If you guessed water, you’re correct and while it’s commonly used in more developed countries, approximately 748 million people don’t have clean drinking water. In fact, many of these people have to walk several miles in order to retrieve water. The many hours spent in the day retrieving water means less time for these people to go to school or work. Fixing the water crisis would help decrease illness, therefore decreasing the need for medicine (which some of these communities don’t have). By drinking the unclean water, people increase their risk of diarrhea, dehydration, and death. Luckily, there’s an organization out there that has recognized this problem and wants you to help.

Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations goes to funding clean water projects and your school can start a campaign to not only give money to these projects, but also see where the project you’ve donated to goes and who it helps. Your school can set up a campaign account on Charity: Water’s website and once it’s up, you can do fundraisers within your school and even your community to try to raise as much as possible. Chapter officers that attended Officer JumpStart can even set up a SMART goal for their chapter’s campaign in order to make the desired impact. The coolest thing about setting up a campaign account is that after 100% of your donations are sent to a project, your chapter will be sent a report on its impact on the community your money was sent to. This feature creates a more personal experience for your chapter, and can influence some of your members to take campaigning to the next level by starting a Birthday Campaign. A Birthday Campaign is simple: set up a campaign account, and instead of asking for gifts for your birthday, ask for donations. Together we can change the future. Who knows? We may soon live in a world where everyone has clean drinking water.

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