charity:water helps to bring clean water to the world

Sunday, 08 February 2009
charity:water PosterAs a kayaker, I can be fairly safe to say that I take water for granted. I can easily paddle all day without thinking anything about it. Same goes at home. Recently in our building's hot water was broken. Everybody was in a panic! Where were we to get hot water? What were we to do? The problem was fixed and a couple of hours later, we could jump in the shower and not think about it again.

I will also be honest, up until today, it never really occurred to me that over 1 billion people don't have access to safe, clean drinking water.

A billion people?! Holy stink that is a lot of people. That's 1 in six people drinking dirty, bacteria filled water. A billion people people!

Surfing around today, I stumbled upon a really fantastic looking project called Charity:Water. Charity:Water funds a range of water projects including hand-dug wells, deep wells (boreholes), rehabilitations, spring protections, rainwater harvesting schemes, and biosand filters throughout the world.

They recently put together a fantastic promotional video outlining what they do. Beck fans will also enjoy the donated song, "Time Bomb".

They have a donation drive for Valentine's day that will continue to help people in need long after the flowers are gone. You can donate through their website.

And here I get upset when I'm in my boat that the water isn't quite crystal clear enough to see the fish and mermaids singing and dancing.

More info: charity:water

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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