There are currently 663 million people in the world who live without clean water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide. Or, twice the population of the United States. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick. In fact, lack of clean water has caused more deaths than any form of violence, including war.
charity: water believes that clean water changes everything. That is why they work to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in need around the world, improving health, education, and opportunity—especially for women and children. charity: water is a New York-based 501 (c)(3) that is privately funded, which ensures that 100% of all donations directly fund clean water projects in developing countries. They partner with local communities to build freshwater wells, rainwater catchments, and sand filters. Considered experts on the global water crisis, charity: water has helped over 7.3 million people gain access to clean water since its foundation in 2006.
The craziest thing we can do is nothing. That is why we have committed to ride our bikes 3,220 miles this summer to raise awareness and fundraise for clean water projects through charity: water. We know riding our bikes across the country won’t solve the global water crisis, but we believe that we can make a difference in the conversations, and the money we raise along the way.
When you donate to the Ride for Water campaign, you are ensuring that communities in developing countries receive clean water. Since 2013, Ride for Water sponsors have donated over $258,000 to clean water projects through charity: water. Our 2018 campaign will be open from January to September, and all donations will be tax deductible. 100% of the donations go directly to clean water projects through charity: water, and have provided wells for communities in Malawi, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. Just $30 can provide clean water to one person, and $10,000 can provide water to a whole community. This year, our goal is to provide clean water for ten communities!