Writing this blog post, and taking on this challenge was difficult for me. What if I fail? What if no one cares? It’s difficult to take risks and challenge ourselves but that is precisely why I need to do this. I hope you read to the end.
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Make a Difference
What is the most effective investment you can make you improve the lives of others? Whether you give $5 or $500, what donation will have the greatest impact on the world?
I know we are all inundated with requests to donate, but not all causes are equal and that is a very important consideration. It’s a very complex issue, and people give for different reasons, but if you are donating your hard earned dollars, it’s prudent to maximize the net benefit of your investment.
All Charities are a Rip-Off
It’s easy to get cynical when non-profit CEO’s make half-million-dollar salaries or when fundraising and administration expenses take up 40% or more of total donations raised, but again not all charities are equal. Some are much more efficient and effective than others.
The Single Highest Impact Contribution You Can Make
Considering basic human needs, what do all people need more than anything else? What single source of sustenance is absolutely essential to the survival of every living being on the planet?
That answer is simple.
There are now over seven billion people on this planet. One billion of those do not have access to clean drinking water.
Stop and think about that for a few seconds. In our lives, of iPads, streaming online movies, inexpensive air travel, 3000 square foot suburban homes, over-sized SUVs, superstores and access to anything we want, any time, one billion people don’t have the basic human right of clean drinking water.
Here are a few quotes from the CharityWater.org website:
Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick.
In Africa alone, the overall economic loss due to lack of safe water and sanitation is $28 billion, or about 5% of GDP
Every $1 invested in improved water supply and sanitation yields an average of $4-$12 for the local economy, depending on the type of intervention.
But We are Better than They Are
Those of us in developing countries have got it very good. Maybe it’s because we are smarter and harder working than those less fortunate. Maybe we were just lucky. Maybe our exploitation of those unfortunates caused irreparable harm. You can be the judge of that, but one thing is for sure; it’s pretty hard to make a better life for your family if you don’t have clean water.
The worst part of this tragedy is that the solution is such an inexpensive intervention. It costs as little as $20 to permanently provide water for an individual. That’s one meal out in a developed country. One meal.
Is it worth trading one meal out to give someone long-term access to clean drinking water?
I had the privilege of seeing Scott Harrison of CharityWater.org present at Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit this year. He told his story (definitely worth a watch) about how he transformed his life from a New York City club promoter to starting ChairtyWater.org and raising tens of millions of dollars to bring clean water and hygiene education to two million of the most impoverished on the planet. The best part is that 100% of donations go directly to the cause. All administrative and fundraising expenses of CharityWater are funded separately. Brilliant.
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How to Help
Step 1: Please share this blog post using the social media buttons on the left side.
Step 2: Visit My CharityWater Page to donate what you can. Even if it’s only $5, every contribution helps. 100% of the money, goes to providing clean drink water in Ethiopia. (Even your credit card and paypal processing fees are covered by outside donors.)
Step 3: Decide to give your birthday to CharityWater.org. It only takes a few minutes and it can make a world of difference.
I’m hoping to raise $4,300 by the end of the year. In a couple days it will be my 43rd birthday so this would be a fantastic way to finish the year. Thank you!
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