12
Feb
09

Twestival and charity: water

After work tonight I’m taking part in the London instance of Twestival, a global gathering of Twitterers.

It’s not just to get out of our nerd lairs and grunt at each other, either. We’ll be raising awareness and money for charity: water.

I come from Canada, a nation that’s got a massive fraction of the globe’s fresh water. I never once considered the possibility of not having safe, flowing water for myself at all times. I remember raising an eyebrow when, here in the UK, there were a few months of hosepipe ban and you weren’t allowed to water your garden (and I didn’t even have a garden then).

But this info from the charity: water website makes clear why it’s not the same everywhere and what they’re doing to help:

WHY WATER.
Right now, 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s one in six of us.

WHO WE ARE.
charity: water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person in a developing nation clean water for 20 years.

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