By: Hira T. Khan | Keeper of the Blog | Thaakat Foundation
Anyone who has been to a developing country knows better than to drink water from the tap. “Boiled water is good, bottled water is better” is the unofficial mantra. Otherwise you can get nasty things like Hepatitis A.
But what about the people living in those developing countries? The people that don’t have a supply of clean water? Sometimes they have to travel for miles to get water, sometimes they have no choice but to drink water that can compromise their health.
That is the gap that nonprofit charity: water is aiming to bridge.
Founded in 2006, charity: water provides clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. In six years, they’ve managed to fund over 6,000 projects in 20 countries. They’ve really made a dent in helping those 800 million people around the world who don’t have access to clean water. If I could, I’d give them a pat on the back but since I can’t (for obvious reasons) I’ll just have to settle for this post in honor of the good work they’ve done and continue to do.
Charity: water touts that 100% of all general public donations directly cover the costs related to water projects such as construction and drilling, local staff and community costs, and sanitation and hygiene. To learn more about the organization go here and then go here to learn about Jerry cans, pictured above, which have become a symbol for the organization.