All of my birthdays have always been about stuff.
But this year, Iâ€™m giving my birthday up.
I’m turning 37 years old in September, and instead of asking for gifts,Â Iâ€™m asking for $37 or more from everyone I know. It’s not going to me, though. All of it is going to build freshwater wells for people in developing nations.
A billion people in the world are living without clean waterâ€”but how much are they really living? Millions contract deadly diseases from contaminated water. 45,000 people will die this week alone. The lucky ones wonâ€™t, but still walk hours each day to get dirty water to give to their families.
My birthday wish this year is not for more gifts I don’t need;Â it’s to give clean and safe drinking water to some of the billion living without it. I want to make my birthday matter this year.
Because of charity: waterâ€™s unique model, 100% of all donations go directly to direct water projects costs, and each donation is â€œprovedâ€ and tracked to the village it helped when projects are complete.