Posted by Carly at Dec 19, 2012 6:00 am
Carly here – sorry we’re late! Julie will post tomorrow.
A blogger friend of the Plotmonkeys, Limecello (she often posts here) is in year three of her SMSG â€“ SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SOCIAL GOOD â€“ fundraising drive and this yearâ€™s recipient is the very worthy charity, â€œcharity: waterâ€. It’s an effort where the Romance Community comes together to make a difference and help out a charity.
To quote from Lime’s blog on Make a Difference Day:
Some of you might have heard of charity:water when Rachel Beckwithâ€™s tragic story made the news. She was an amazing little nine year old and her story made me cry. I spent a lot of time researching reputable international charities, and I love that charity:water is so transparent. I think itâ€™ll be fun to check what our little ALBTALBS drive does too.
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Did you know that:
~ 100% of all public donations directly fund water projects, and they prove every dollar using photos and GPS coordinates on a map
~ 800 million people around the world donâ€™t have access to clean, safe drinking water
~ That is one out of every nine people
~ More people die from lack of clean water and sanitation each year than are killed by all forms of violence, including war
~ 90% of the deaths that result from diarrheal disease occur in children under five
~ About every nineteen seconds a mother loses her child to a water related illness
~ In sub-Saharan Africa 16 million hours each day are spent by women collecting water. This takes time away from work, school, and family.
~ 10% of disease could be reduced with improved access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene education, and water resource management.
~ $1 invested in water becomes $4-12 dollars for the local economy
~ Communities choose a small group of people to oversee each completed charity: water project. Equal numbers of men and women are encouraged to be included. These Water Committees are often the first chance women have to take on elected leadership roles.
~ The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.
~ Feeding our world takes up to 90% of our freshwater withdrawals but many people in developing nations still donâ€™t have access to enough water for irrigation.
~ $65 brings water to one person.
~ charity:water matters, and it helps. Read â€œWill the Beautiful Women of the World Please Stand Upâ€ (this made me cry).