Sharing Water

Woman at a water tap

Photo via charity: water

As part of her Brownie work this summer, Anna is taking the Wonders of Water journey. She earned her Love Water Badge last month, and now she’s working on both her Save Water badge and her Share Water badge. The projects she picked for each badge work hand in hand, so she be earning both badges together.

You can read about her Save Water project here, but to sum up she’s collecting deposit bottles and cans (including water bottles which are redeemable for deposit in Oregon) and turning them in to keep them out of the oceans. On her first trip our local BottleDrop location, she turned in over $14 worth and her total so far in $16.60. We’re saving up a second bag and have a few other contributors lined up, and we hope to exceed her original goal of $20.

So where will the money go when she’s done?

The Sahel region of Africa

The Sahel region of Africa

It will help provide clean water to one of the most drought-stricken regions on earth, thanks to charity: water.

This September, our goal is to bring clean water to 100,000 people in the Sahel region of Mali and Niger.

The Sahel is a narrow strip of land in Africa just below the Sahara Desert. This area is frequently affected by drought and famine, and access to clean water is rare. This September, help us build sustainable, clean water projects that can transform lives, especially for women and girls.

Right now, a generous donor is matching all donations to fundraising campaigns, up to $1,000,000.

Our first thought was to start a campaign ourselves, but September is also the month we raise money to help kids with childhood apraxia of speech through our annual Apraxia Walk. Running two fundraisers in one month, on top of back-to-school and a new Girl Scout Troop for Anna, was more than we could take on.

But we found another girl with an existing campaign. Her name’s Maddie, she’s six years old, and she runs a lemonade stand  to raise money for charity: water.

Maddie

Photo via Maddie’s Thirst

Maddie’s mom talks about her daughter on Maddie’s fundraising page, Maddie’s Thirst:

When (Maddie) wanted a lemonade stand this summer, we looked at quite a few charities that we could give to. It was the video about the water crisis that convinced her that Charity:Water was the one. This didn’t surprise me because when they were learning about Africa at school, she was asking her teacher why the moms and girls had to go get water instead of the boys, rather than wanting to learn about the cool animals!

This is a girl with a huge heart (yes.. I’m a biased mom!) who originally set her goal to provide water to 1000 people this summer. I had to talk her down from that because $20,000 is A LOT of money. Our current goal is $5000 and we have a lemonade stand once or twice a week at Grandview park in Vancouver BC Canada.

So Anna will be giving all the money she raises to Maddie’s Thirst, helping her to raise at least $5,000 for clean water in the Sahel region. We promised to match what she raised, and because we’re donating to a campaign, our total family contribution will be matched by the aforementioned generous donor.

At this point, I hope you’re asking “What can I do?” First, go to Maddie’s Thirst and contribute. And if you could include a comment along the lines of “Helping Anna and Maddie share water” that would be great too.

And you can still take Anna’s Save Water Pledge. It costs no money, just a commitment to recycle.

Note: beyond sending you a thank-you email, I will not share your email with anyone or bother you ever again.

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