Each year of my childhood, my parents asked each of us for a “want list” for our birthdays. A few items we’d especially like to have that year. We’d make lists, excited about the possibilities.
Coming from teaching backgrounds, our family didn’t have a lot of extra money during my childhood, but we were never lacking essentials, either.
Honestly, how privileged were we just to be in a place where our parents could ask us for a “want list” each birthday?
My “want list” has definitely shrank since my childhood and the items changed drastically. What used to be CDs (yep), games, and books (oh, wait, books are still on the list), has changed to money for car insurance, organizational or family items, and fixing a broken car window.
Those new items are important, but this year my attention was drawn to something much more important.
Accessories Versus Survival
You and I are (likely) blessed to be able to just turn on a faucet and expect and receive clean, safe drinking water. And we may use it like we have an endless supply. It’s a gift, and sometimes I forget to think of it as such.
This year, I’ve pledged my birthday to charity: water.
charity: water works in numerous countries around the world to bring safe water to villages in need.
Some information from my campaign page:
Did you know that almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water? Every day, 5,000 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday. Fifth birthday. Too short of lives for such beautiful gifts. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.
Women and children around the world walk hours every day to collect water for their families. And the worst part? The water they collect can make them really sick. Terrible, right? Well, we can actually do something about it. Just $20 can give a person clean water to drink.
The best part is that 100% of the money we raise together will directly fund water projects around the world, and when those projects are complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the impact we made. (How cool is that?!) charity: water funds their operating costs separately through a group of private donors, so 100% of all public donations will go directly to people in need. This is one of the best charity business practices I’ve read about and seen yet.
If you’re able and you so desire, please click here to donate to my campaign. Any amount – $1 to $100 – helps. Because we’re doing this together.
I’ve emailed my family and shared my pledge, and I’ve even kicked off the campaign with the first donation. Because I believe in what charity: water does. And I’ve learned that just one person can make a difference. A team of us can change a village.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
If you’re interested in learning more about charity: water and how they operate, read here. If you’d like to pledge your own birthday, find out how here.
What’s your favorite charity? If you donate, a BIG thank you!