The Thirst Project

Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Be happy with what you have, grateful for what you are given, and never want more than you need." - Unknown
Did you know a five-minute shower uses more water than an average person in a third-world country slum uses for an entire day? Did you know almost 1 billion people don't have access to clean, safe drinking water (1 in every 8.) Eighty percent of all global diseases are related to contaminated drinking water and approximately 4,400 children die from a water-related disease every day. 

Approximately one child dies every 15 seconds due to a water-related disease. 

Most people don't realize how much of a valuable resource water is. Only 2.5% of the 75% of water is fresh, clean drinking water. Like everything else in our lives, we take water for granted. For more water facts click here.

The Thirst Project is a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the water crisis by traveling around the world to Middle Schools, High Schools and College Campuses, and to be able to fund wells to provide clean drinking water to everyone. In only four years, The Thirst Project has raised over $2.6 million, from student-led fundraisers, and have provided over 100,000 people with clean water. 
"Our goal with The Thirst Project is to provide safe, clean water and sanitization to one million people by 2015." - Seth Maxwell, Founder

The recipe to make your own dirty water!
 It only costs $5,000 to change the life of a whole community. So what can you do to help? Friday, March 22 is actually World Water Day!

The Thirst Project started an initiative called "#dirtylittlesecret" in order to raise awareness about the world water crisis. In case you didn't know, the dirty little secret is the fact that over one billion people in the world don't have access to clean drinking water. Every day of March, everyone is asked to bring a dirty bottle of water to school to get people to ask you questions and raise awareness. On World Water Day, which is tomorrow, take your dirty bottle of water to school and remain silent all day. To learn more about this initiative click here.

If you want to learn more about The Thirst Project visit their website here.

This is just another one of the million things that we should be thankful for everyday. I hope you consider this challenge and try to raise awareness of the world water crisis. Be thankful for what you have and keep doing what you do!

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