the 2010 september campaign launches August 16.
charity: water was born in September. It’s always been our biggest month of the year. A month where we work with all of you to make a huge impact. A month where thousands around the world give up their birthdays to fight the water crisis alongside us.
This September, we’re bringing clean water to a place many people have never heard of: Central African Republic (C.A.R.). It’s one of the poorest nations in the world, and three quarters of the people here live without access to safe water. Life expectancy is 47 years.
Our local drilling partner here is Integrated Community Development International (ICDI), started by Jim Hocking. Jim grew up and lived most of his life in C.A.R. and is passionate about a group of people called the Bayaka.
The Bayaka were one of the last hunter-gatherer societies in the world, until the logging industry pushed them out of the forest. Now, they live on the outskirts of villages, facing rejection and abuse by locals who see them as animals that belong in the jungle. They are often denied use of water sources and have to wait until dark to collect drinking water from village wells. Many end up using dirty streams and ponds instead.
This September, charity: water hopes to bring clean water to 90,000 people in C.A.R., including 100% of the Bayaka people. We’ll need to raise $1.7 million to do that.
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You can lend your support to our cause right now by “liking” charity: water on Facebook. We’ll be posting exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of our team in Central African Republic, and other updates throughout the September Campaign — all on our Facebook page. But you have to “like” us to get them! Join our community on Facebook and help us spread the word by recommending us to your friends!
The campaign launches next Monday — stay tuned.
– the charity: water team –