Fall 2009

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How Do We Give 100%
You may be wondering – how does charity: water give away                people’s faith in char...
Meet Jean Bosco.
A story by Esther Havens and
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                                        An evening to benefit the work of charity:water and bring clean,
              It’s hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns

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Charity: Water Newsletter

  1. 1. Fall 2009 FROM THE TAP Visit our blog at imaginedrinkingthis.wordpress.com ALL POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOU Charity:Water recognized for environmental efforts through Levi’s GO IV Fortune Charity Giveaway The Levi's® brand announced charity: water as the winning charity of its recent GO IV Fortune $100,000 green charity giveaway last month. Beginning in mid-October, GO IV Fortune players nominated hundreds of charitable organizations with a commitment to sustainability and the environment. The list was narrowed down to ten finalists and thousands of gamers voted for the charity they felt best embodied the Levi's® brand's pioneering spirit and rich legacy of promoting sustainability.  Charity: water was announced as America's choice – so thank you! The charity: water team rallied our followers and fans to join in the movement to bring water to developing nations and used social networking and word-of-mouth efforts to encourage people to vote for them in Levi's® GO IV Fortune challenge.  We appreciate your response.  Without you, this would not be possible! Continued on page 4 MEET JEAN BOSCO: CHARITY BALL 2009 HOW YOUR MONEY GOES An evening to benefit EXACTLY WHERE YOU A story from the field the work of WANT IT TO. in Rwanda. charity:water and bring clean, safe A look into how 100% page 3 drinking to of your donations communities in need. directly fund wells. page 4 page 2 [1]
  2. 2. 100% How Do We Give 100% You may be wondering – how does charity: water give away people’s faith in charity, and one of the ways to do that was to 100%? A group of private donors, foundations and Private direct 100% of donors’ money straight to project costs. sponsors help pay for the everyday costs of running donors fund our In fact, we’re so passionate about giving 100% that the organization. Our flights to the field, our staff, administrative costs we pay the paypal and credit card transaction fees our office, even paperclips and ink toner are so you don’t have each time you donate online. So each time someone sponsored so your money goes straight to water to! gives, a true 100% goes straight to building a well. projects. From the beginning, our mission was to restore Interested in supporting operating costs? charity: water is a registered 501(c)(3). All Donations are tax-deductible. [2]
  3. 3. Meet Jean Bosco. A story by Esther Havens and Taylor Walling   Rwanda. GPS: S02º2488 E30º6423 For over a year, I had been aching to see a well installation in Africa. I had donated money, seen photos, watched videos and heard stories.  Each new exposure drove my desire.  I longed to witness the affect of a Water Pump in a community.  To see the power of clean, accessible water.  At long last I had made it.  Today I would witness a village transformed. RWANDA Children carrying their sacred yellow Jerry Cans on their heads and shoulders approached the site in a continuous flow meet jean bosco. of curiosity.  As the drills fired up, the air was filled with thick red dust.  Red African dirt has become the subject of legend and here we were, drilling deep into its insides. The following day cement was laid and dried around the tubing The diverse and mingling crowd watched and waited for the first of the well.    This creation, this simple new contraption would change signs of water. Finally, at only seven meters deep, the red dust was their lives forever.   And then, just like that, it was done. The workers replaced by muddy water shooting into the air. In continuous flow, the jumped toward it and began pumping up and down as quickly as water kept spurting up.  Higher and higher it pushed toward the sky. they could.  As soon as water hit the spout, the crowd rose in huge From the crowd came excited whispers, "amazi, amazi", "water, cheers of celebration. water". The children made a mad dash for the water, drinking, bathing In the crowd was a boy named Jean-Bosco. Shy and sturdy, he and basking in their refreshment.  Like liquid magic, joy swept the carried an empty 20 gallon Jerry Can on his head with a banana as crowd. the cork.  At fifteen years old, his days are filled with little more than The water gushing out was naturally filtered and free from water fetching.  Four to five times a day, every day, he walks.  Back parasites.  Together we drank and though I had known it would be and forth, to and fro, the monotony would bring to me to the brink – clean water, I'm not sure I ever imagined it would be this clean. Every but daily he wakes up to walk. last one of us should have access to this kind of clean water. In an effort to better understand his story, we decided to join For this village, Murinja, the well means a nearby clinic will finally him. We eventually came to a brown, murky, stagnant pond.  Small be able to treat the sick with healthy water.  For Jean-Bosco, it crowds of people filled their cans and despite the smell, Jean-Bosco means less walking and never needing to boil out the inventible didn't hesitate to wade right into the water in order to fill his. diseases that come from stagnant pools of unclean water. Staring down, I knew then that clean water is far more than a Eventually, with more disposable time, efficiency and better valuable commodity.  It is a treasure. health, it will be children like him who will be able to rebuild this Leaving the hole and heading back toward Jean-Bosco's home, community.  They will be able to create a more developed, safe and we passed leagues of crops and farmers.  I couldn't imagine how this thriving home - thanks to the presence of clean, life-sustaining water.   brackish substance was being used to drink, cook, bathe, plant and Seeing it once, I can't help but want it again.  And again and water animals.   again and again.  My world will never be the same.  Neither will theirs. For more info visit our website at charitywater.org [3]
  4. 4. CHEERS TO GIVING An evening to benefit the work of charity:water and bring clean, ALL POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOU safe drinking to communities in need. continued from page 1 Each year Charity: Water hosts what we call country.  Instead of a typical cat walk, this the charity: ball.  This year the ball is Dec. 14 walk is about carrying two jerry-cans of water beginning at 7 p.m.  It will be at the back and forth to get an abbreviated feel of Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. what that it would be like to daily carry that water from miles away.  The participant only At Charity: Water we consider ourselves carries it for approximately thirty seconds.  In unique.  Unique because we serve a cause low-income countries, women carry it for that gives life in a tangible way.  Unique hours.  because 100% of your donations go directly to building wells for those who do not have This year’s event is hosted by Adrien Grenier, access to water.  the star of the show Entourage.  Other stars are expected to make appearances at this Donating 100% directly to well-building is a year’s ball.  Dustin Hoffman has already part of our organization that separates us donated an hour acting lesson to the auction from other non-profits.  But, we’re not able to and Amos Lee will be performing at the end of "We're thrilled to accept the do this by chance.  The charity: ball is what the evening. generous $100,000 charitable gift makes it possible for us to not use donations from Levi's. Almost a billion people to go towards operational costs. The 2009 Charity: Ball is definitely an event on the planet currently lack access you won’t want to miss!  It combines holiday to clean drinking water, and 100 In 2008 over 1,000 guests attended.  In that cheer, fabulous celebrities, education about percent of the money will be used to night $500,000 was raised.  There is a live the world and great times with amazing bring clean and safe water to 5,000 auction, silent auction, merchandise to buy people.  Come and let us connect you first people in need," says Scott Harrison, and our special event: the water walk.  The hand to the people we’re trying to help. president and founder of charity: water walk is a great way to get a feel for water. what it would be like to live in a developing Without charity: ball, Charity: Water could not Levi Strauss & Co. is an industry leader in promoting sustainability issues. From pioneering labor and environmental guidelines for suppliers, to supporting more sustainable ways to grow cotton - Charity:Ball 2009 values guide everything the company does. Monday, December 14, 2009 Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC Charity: water shares Levi's® passion for pioneering positive change and commitment to making our world a better place. The Levi's® brand said it is honored to support charity: water's mission to provide safe and clean drinking water to people in developing nations. [4]
  5. 5.   It’s hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns !" # $ %& about our stewardship of the world’s most precious resource. There’s talk of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying up, and of course, plenty of people who simply don’t care. But forget about us. Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk 5 miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are a billion people on the planet who don’t have clean water. It’s hard to imagine what a billion people looks like really, but one in eight might be easier. One in eight people in our world don’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without. Here, we’d like to introduce you to a few of those billion people. They are very real, and they need our help. They didn’t choose to be born into a village where the only source of water is a polluted swamp. And I didn’t choose to be born in a country where even the homeless have access to clean water and a toilet. I invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Follow them on their daily journey. Carry 80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. Dig with their children in sand for water. Line up at a well and wait 8 hours for a turn. Now, make a decision to help. We’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. For about $20 a person, we know how to help millions of people. Start by helping one. Charity:Water 200 Varick Street, Suite 201 New York, NY 10014 t. 1 646 688 2323 f. 1 888 707 6466 Trenz Pruca 4321 First Street Anytown, State ZIP