I never get tired of editing and sorting photos like this! Thanks to the Park Family…all this goodness is taking place in Ghana right now. www.mygenerositywater.org
Clean drinking water in India! Because of our faithful monthly donors.
To join the clean, safe, drinking fun—go to www.mygenerositywater.org
This woman in India is now drinking clean water because a mom here in LA set up a MyGen fundraiser for her kids 2nd birthday (http://mygenerositywater.org/49)
Well Site in Ghana serving ~700 people with clean safe drinking water—a $3,000 project courtesy of the elementary school kids at Sierra Canyon School (http://mygenerositywater.org/sierracanyon)
—Blog from Generosity Water founder, Philip Wagner
1 billion people without clean water
- Source: · UNICEF/WHO. 2008. on Drinking Water and Sanitation
- New estimate is 884 million people based on UNICEF report that is rounded up to 1 billion.
1 billion people will go to bed hungry tonight
- New number is under 1 billion according to United Nations Food Agency.
- See article: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2010/s3012357.htm
132 Million AIDS orphans
According to UNICEF there are132 Million AIDS orphans in the world.
An ‘orphan’ is defined by a child to whom one or both parents have died because of HIV/AIDS.
In Uganda alone there are 2 million orphans
Of the 2 million known orphans in Uganda in 2003, an estimated 940,000 were orphaned due to AIDS (48%) – Unicef.com
Every 15 seconds a child dies of a water related illness
WHO says every 15 seconds a child dies from diarrhea. UNICEF says every 20 seconds a child dies form a water related disease.
3.6 million people die annually from the lack of water.
3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease
Source: World Health Organization. 2008. Safer Water, Better Health: Costs, benefits, and sustainability of interventions to protect and promote health.
That means that approximately 9,800 deaths that occur every day.
Consider the following passage in Matthew where Jesus tells a story to his disciples about what it will be like when they face judgment:
44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
(Matthew 25.44-45 NIV)
If you want to join me in helping give clean water to ‘the least of these’ visit my page https://mygenerositywater.org/philipandholly
I was fortunate enough to experience life in Uganda a couple years ago. While I was living there, my landlord shut the water off indefinitely to do repairs on my dilapidated apartment building. So I endured three weeks of a toilet and shower that offered no more than a drop of water a day, which meant only one thing…
I’d have to fetch the water myself … from a pipe… out of the ground. And use a bucket of water for my shower.
It was awkward trying to shower in a bucket, a fact not missed by giggling onlookers. But for me, this was a temporary condition. It was fun and adventurous and the environmentalist inside me was ecstatic to be saving such large amounts of water.
During my stay in Uganda, I was also infected by a virus from drinking unsafe water (I dove into the Nile River, and I subsequently paid the price). I suffered severe stomach problems that completely altered my eating habits. However, I took medication and recovered in a mere three days. And I knew I would be flying home to Chicago soon enough.
And looking back my heart breaks for the young Ugandan children who walk miles each day to fetch water. These kids have to spend hours each day walking for water, hours that they aren’t spending in school. And they don’t have other choices.
And when they drink dirty water…they can’t afford my prescription medicine. In fact, almost 10,000 children under the age of 5 die as a result of a water-related illness, every single day.
For me it was a choice, an adventure. For them, this is a difficult reality.
This is why I used my summer to volunteer for Generosity Water (www.generositywater.org). I want to do whatever is in my power to help everyone have access to clean, safe drinking water. I constantly find the things that cause the greatest struggle, the things most people are afraid to do, are the things worth fighting for and make me feel the most alive. If you believe that clean water should not be a privilege, but a right, be a part of funding a well with me at http://beta.mygenerositywater.org/nisha
As many of you know, we’ve been fund-raising for a huge water project in Haiti to help the village of La Source. Just wanted you to get a glimpse of the village and where your money is going! The new cistern, which was just finished, will get clean, safe drinking water to over 3,000 people (and they won’t have to hike up the dangerous path to the mountain to get to the spring!)
Here are a few beautiful pictures from one of the trips to Haiti by our wonderful photographer Jess Koehler. To see more of her work visit:(http://www.curiositysavedthehuman.com/blog/)
There will also be a feature length documentary about that profiles the project from its inspiration through completion. To learn more visit The La Source Facebook page
Bob Saget and Jamie Masada organized a night of stand-up comedy at the Laugh Factory and gave 100% of the proceeds from the door to Generosity Water.
Attendees funded an entire well project (while laughing a lot) and are close to funding another. To help finish their second well, visit www.generositywater.org and put “Bob Saget” in the comment section of your donation.
Huge thanks to all the comics that performed and everyone who came out!
RT @jordandwagner: clean water in Nigeria from a @generositywater well. she has a mouth full!