SPECIAL POST: Water Changes Everything

For my last post of the week, I’m moving away from promo’ing books and erotic romance, and focusing on the most precious commodity in our world: WATER.

“What?” you ask. “Why?”

Simple, because all round the world millions and millions of people do not have access to drinking water.

You can make a difference tho. Through the use of something as simple as social media, you can change this. All you need to do is comment on a blog.

I’ll leave it Limecello to explain everything, as she is the person who is running this amazing charity drive.

Over to you Lime:

WATER MAKES A DIFFERENCE

It’s my third annual Social Media for Social Good (SMSG) fundraising drive. Today is Make a Difference Day, and this is how I’m choosing to do it. Some of you might have heard of charity:water when Rachel Beckwith’s tragic story made the news. She was an amazing little nine year old, and you can read more of what happened here. I dare you not to cry.

I spent a lot of time researching reputable international charities, and I love that charity:water is so transparent. I think it’ll be fun to check what our little ALBTALBS drive does too.

Did you know that:

  • 100% of all public donations directly fund water projects, and they prove every dollar using photos and GPS coordinates on a map
  • 800 million people around the world don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water
  • That is one out of every nine people
  • More people die from lack of clean water and sanitation each year than are killed by all forms of violence, including war
  • 90% of the deaths that result from diarrheal disease occur in children under five
  • About every nineteen seconds a mother loses her child to a water related illness
  • In sub-Saharan Africa 16 million hours each day are spent by women collecting water. This takes time away from work, school, and family.
  • 10% of disease could be reduced with improved access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene education, and water resource management.
  • $1 invested in water becomes $4-12 dollars for the local economy
  • Communities choose a small group of people to oversee each completed charity: water project. Equal numbers of men and women are encouraged to be included. These Water Committees are often the first chance women have to take on elected leadership roles.
  • The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.
  • Feeding our world takes up to 90% of our freshwater withdrawals but many people in developing nations still don’t have access to enough water for irrigation.
  • Just $20 $65 can provide one person with a clean water project in his/her village

We can make a huge difference.

I know it’s difficult to give, but I’m asking everyone to do what they can. And if you can’t – help spread the word. This is a comment drive, so even just leaving a comment and having one friend do the same helps. Believe me – I know it’s hard out there. I know what it’s like to make well under the poverty rate. I still do. Which is why I’m doing something where everyone can get involved.

These people have already given:

Pledges:

  • I’m going to give $300 if we reach 1,000 comments.
  • Cecilia Grant will give $1 per comment up to 100 comments
  • The Romance Man will give $50 when we reach 250 comments will match my $300 if we get to 1,000 comments!!!
  • C2 will give $150 when we reach 500 comments
  • Farrah Rochon will give $10 for every 100 comments

I really hope I’ll be adding to this list. Don’t you think your name or organization would look good here?

*ETA new donors <3: (upon further reflection I’ve decided to list names alphabetically for a semblance of privacy etc. And yes, I chose to do it incorrectly, and by first name, because some people didn’t give full names, or prefer using twitter handles and so on.)

The Crazygranny – $25
@dakiMel
EC S. – $25
Heather M. – $25
Isobel C. – $1 per comment up to 100 comments!
Jane C – $5
Jo L. – $20
Kame/McEckK – $20
Kat the Book Tart – $50
Kate P. – $50
Keziah H. – $20
Kim – $25
Liz T. – $25
Lori S – $25
Melanie S. – $10
SpazP – $25
Pat F. – $10
Patricia W. – $20
Rahab M. – $25
Romance Divas will give $70 when we hit 200 comments; $140 total if 50 of Jax’s friends donate
Shiloh W. – $50 for 50 comments
SonomaLass – $20
Stephanie M. – $10
Willaful, from Karen Knows Best – $30

We’ve got a few anonymous donors too, or who don’t wish to be credited, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

~ :P Vanessa Kelly donated $25, but accidentally did on the main page, but hey – it’s all going to the same great charity!

Won’t you join us?

And in the spirit of friendly competition … I’m asking – challenging – 50 bloggers to donate. Even if it’s $1. I think we can do it. (In fact – I’d love to see more bloggers donate than authors. How’s that for competition? But a concrete goal of 50.)
And if privacy is a concern, you can donate anonymously. *coughs* Someone *coughs* already donated $50 to check that out. :)

Let’s do this!

*ETA: I have a specific campaign created for the romance community: http://mycharitywater.org/p/campaign/?campaign_id=30312 if you’d like to donate. Also, if you’re donating, I would love to add you to the list, to let other people know (peer pressure! :D ) and to give you a shout out. Please feel free to email me with any questions, or to talk about whether or not you want your name/amount to be listed. Thank you!!!

Also, for clarification, my SMSG drives go on for a month. I figure that’s enough time for word to be spread and people to budget what they can to donate. For all of us in the states, it’s a tax deductible charitable donation! (For our international friends, I would look into that too.)

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Thank you, Lime!

So, what now you ask?

It’s simple. Head on to Lime’s blog, and leave a comment. That’s all you need to do. Please don’t comment here, speak out at Limecello’s Blog.

To help incentivize you, International Heat have donated a massive gift pack. You can win this, simply by leaving a comment there:

Lila Dubois: Choice of an ebook from her backlist
Mari Carr: Choice of an ebook from her backlist
Bianca D’arc: Choice of an ebook from her backlist
JR Patrick: Choice of ebook from her backlist
Valerie Tibbs: In lieu of a prize Valerie has already donated $20
Jayne Rylon: Magnet set made by Ebook Addict
Jambrea Jo Jones: Print copy of ‘Magnus’
Lexxie Couper: Choice of 2 ebooks from her backlist
Rhian Cahill: Choice of 2 books from her backlist
Jess Dee: Choice of 2 ebooks from her backlist
Ebook Addict: Magnet tin (Winners choice from a variety of themes.)

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Jess

3 Responses to “SPECIAL POST: Water Changes Everything”

  1. […] it hope you’ll take the time to read, comment and hopefully donate. In the spirit of donating International Heat is offering a gift basket of egoodies to one lucky commenter (ebooks, gift cards, paperback, and […]

  2. Cherie Clark Says:

    Thanks Jess Dee. Here in New zealand at the moment the water is running freely, i pray that the little that i was able to contribute will help in some way. Have a lovely day.

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