Charity: Water

Ever since I was a young girl my mother made sure my sister and I were aware that we lived a lucky life and should not take it for granted. We sponsored a girl, Nick, in Uganda for years and from being her penpal, I learned how different her life always was. It was eye-opening and often heartbreaking to me, but sometimes it would be funny to me too as she would tell us about the chickens they’d bought with that month’s donation and how much they were all chasing them around the yard. My mother’s drive to always make me think of others has made me so much of who I am today and I will never be able to thank her enough for the heart she has given me.

Charity Water is a nonprofit that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries throughout the world. Sometimes with nonprofits it can get weird not knowing where the money is really going but that’s what intrigued me about Charity Water – 100% of the donations made go DIRECTLY to providing clean and safe drinking water – the cost of all the overhead (salaries, rent, trips, etc.) is covered by private donors. I love supporting an organization that is so clairvoyant about everything – clean water and clean donations!

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I’ve been donating to Charity Water for almost a year now. I simply have $10 a month autopay out of my bank account into theirs and the emails I receive about what my donations have done are amazing. It’s so crazy to me that the price of two trips to Starbucks in a month can be so life changing for people.

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Recently, I came across an Instagram post looking for volunteers in the Los Angeles area for a Charity Water event. I was so excited, I sent an email in immediately to participate. They emailed back with more information, explaining in detail what the event would be about and attached this video:

I mean how could you not want to help after watching that?

I’ve been to Africa on a volunteer trip (see Ghana) and know firsthand how hard and exhausting gathering water and trekking it miles away to just have to turn around and refill (when the water isn’t even clean!) can be. It takes the entire day and causes kids to miss school and mother’s to be unable to work.

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Carrying water to a village in Bolgatanga, Ghana on a volunteer trip in April, 2016

Charity Water creates ways to make gathering water way cleaner, and faster so I volunteered for two time slots, as they still needed more help for the earlier shift too, and the least I can do on a Saturday when I don’t have any other plans is help out a company that does so much good. So I got up at 4:30 AM, got my act together (with a LARGE coffee in hand) and drove up to Zuma Beach in Malibu for the Nautica event.

When I got there I learned that we would be sharing with visitors a Virtual Reality film on Charity Water’s The Source. It shows the story of what bringing clean, healthy drinking water to a young girl’s community in a part of Ethiopia has done for them.

It was very eye opening and brought about many conversations with those who watched it. Honestly, what really caught me, was that children were the most motivated to get involved. They asked questions, they told me how they learned about this in school, they wanted to know how to help and wanted to get their parents as interested as they could too.

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One child’s reality vs one child’s Virtual Reality

Volunteering is always something that I believe to be of utmost importance. Especially, living in Los Angeles, sometimes it’s nice (and seems necessary) to be brought back down to reality to remain humble. I hope that by sharing this post with you Charity Water will receive your attention and kindness as well. You can donate by following this link: https://my.charitywater.org/donate or start up a campaign! I’m starting one before the holidays with the goal of bringing 20 people clean, healthy drinking water 🙂 Sending you my love and appreciation xo

 

 

 

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