Josh’s Birthday Wish
May 26, 2009
I am so proud of Josh’s 25th birthday wish: for all his family and friends to donate towards building a well with charity: Water . charity: water is a non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
Imagine if you had to walk 5 miles to get a drink of water. Yet more than 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have clean water. It’s hard to imagine what a billion people looks like really, but one in six might be easier. One in six people in our world don’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more than three hours every day to fetch water that is likely to make them sick. Those hours are crucial, preventing many from working or attending school. Can you imagine spending all day to secure your drinking, bathing, cooking water? Really?
In the founder, Scott Harrison’s words: “For me, charity is practical. It’s sometimes easy, more often inconvenient, but always necessary. It’s the ability to use one’s position of influence, relative wealth and power to affect lives for the better. charity is singular and achievable. The dictionary defines charity as simply the act of giving voluntarily to those in need. It’s taken from the word “caritas,” or simply, love. In Colossians 3, the Bible instructs readers to “put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” Although I’m still not sure what that means, I love the idea. To wear charity.” I want to meet you, Scott!
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Honor someone with a donation towards a well!