The Results of Giving Back

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Today it's my honor to introduce my FIRST guest blogger, my 11-year-old daughter Ellie!  I hope you enjoy her VERY special post!


Right now, as you are reading this, there is a water tap flowing in a small town called Popokabaka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the central part of Africa.  This water tap serves up clean water to over 250 people every week.

They drink it. They clean with it. Most important, they don’t worry that it will make them sick.

The people of Popokabaka drink clean water because a bunch of my friends and family all took a few minutes two years ago to donate a little bit of money on my 9th birthday when I did my very first Charity: water campaign.

If you want to see more about this well and the proof of where it is, click here.

Wait. What?

Amazing, huh?

Look what we did!

This is my third year doing a Charity: water campaign, and I’m so excited I get to do it again!  It is beyond amazing to know that, together, we can make more clean water flow and that lots more people can get it because of all of your donations.

Charity:water builds water wells to help people who don’t have clean water in their country or area. I’ve learned that if these people don’t have clean water to drink, it can cause sickness, dehydration, or sometimes even death. About a billion people in the world are living with dirty water, and every 19 seconds, a mother loses a child to a water-related illness.

Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely contaminated. Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work, and taking care of their families. In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year walking for water. That's the annual workforce hours of France!

I know that I take clean water for granted.  Let’s help others have what comes so easily to us.

This year, instead getting presents from my friends and family, I’m asking them to donate to my 11th birthday campaign. You can give $11 (which is one dollar for each year of my life), $20, $110 or whatever you want!  This year, my goal is to raise $1,100.  If you want to donate, you can click here and hit the green DONATE NOW button on the top right of the webpage.

This video is more information about the water crisis and how you can help solve it.

Thank you for donating, helping me celebrate another year of life, and bringing clean water to someone in the world!!!!


Ellie Phenix