When I showed up to World Domination Summit 2012 in Portland at the beginning of July, I had no idea what Charity:Water was, why it was created, or who was behind all the work. When I left WDS 2012, I had become an avid supporter of the cause as a result of hearing the incredible stories from founder Scott Harrison.
- Scott Harrison has an incredible personal story. He has turned his life around and dedicated himself to a cause that helps people in ways I can barely comprehend as a member of Western society. That makes me want to help him and the cause.
- The pictures of the diseases and pain being caused by contaminated water are unbelievable. And to think that clean water can solve so many of these problems makes me want to take action.
- Charity:Water has an incredible three-pronged approach to non-profit work. First, 100% of public donations (ie the ones to my birthday campaign) go directly to providing clean water for real people in Africa. Second, Charity:Water proves where every dollar goes. 18 months after making a donation, you will know what project you helped fund. Third, Charity:Water is a brand that Scott Harrison wants to be recognized across the globe. This three-pronged approach has been incredibly successful and built immense trust in their community.
Take a minute and imagine living a life in which you had no idea whether you would have clean water 12 hours later. Imagine spending every waking hour walking to and from a water source 4 hours from your home. Imagine having a permanently bent back as a result of carrying 50lb+ of water on your back for hours at a time… every day. Imagine seeing people all around you contract diseases and suffer as a result of contaminated water.
Now imagine contributing to the solution. Imagine opening up hours upon hours of time for people in Africa to learn in school, work to support their families, and maybe even enjoy life a little bit. By supporting my birthday campaign (and maybe pledging your next birthday), you can be part of the solution.
My 25th birthday is a month from now on September 7th. My fundraising goal is to have 200 people contribute $25 for a total of $5,000. That amount of money will allow us together to help an entire community of 50 families, or 250 individuals, get access to clean water.
Can you spare $25? How about $250? If times are tough, and $5 is all that you can afford, that means every bit as much to me. If you want to help out, you can contribute to my birthday campaign here: http://mycharitywater.org/Barrettabrooks.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for contributing. Thanks for being an awesome person. It means alot to me, and it means even more to the people you’ll help.