Two and a half-ish years ago, when I turned 26, I decided to “give up” my birthday. A few months prior to that birthday, I had heard a compelling presentation at church by Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water, explaining his organization and how the average person could help towards the cause of providing clean water to EVERYONE in the entire WORLD. Instead of throwing a party or asking for gifts, I asked my friends and family for donations of $26 each… and I raised $832!
Charity: water has promised the general public that 100% of their donations go directly to the field to fund clean water projects, with their operating expenses being covered solely by private donors, foundations, and sponsers. It’s a model pretty unique to charities, and they even “prove” each dollar when the projects are complete by providing photos and GPS coordinates via Google Earth.
This past July, I finally got my “proof” (2.5 years later– I believe they promise you proof within 1.5 years but… shrug. As long as it happens…). The money raised by my friends and family helped to build a well in Ethiopia at Arara Ogero Primary School, serving 458 people! Check out the images below (they are screenshots– click for the full view images).
Pretty sweet huh?!
The N.Y. Times actually posted this article last month (thanks for the tip, Ryan C!) about Harrison and charity: water if you’re interested in learning more, or check out their website to give up your own birthday.