Blog Action Day 2010: Why Water?
Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
But, water moves beyond just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue, an animal welfare issue, a sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, deserving a global conversation.
So for BLOG ACTION DAY 2010 I'm supporting with: TOMS + charity: water team up again!
Last year for my birthday, I contributed to Charity Water when Cathy Z posted about it here and ran her own personal campaign ;) But this year time has just gone by so darn fast that I didn't have a chance to follow up with another "birthday" donation. That's okay cause...THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON!
...which is...Momma Got A New Pair of Shoes ;)
Back in midnight blue for the Holidays, the charity: water + TOMS special edition Map Shoe. Because clean water is essential to the healthy development of children, each pair contributes to building three new clean water wells in Ethiopia. And as always, are One for One.
$5 from every shoe goes to build a well.
TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we're all about. The TOMS mission transforms our customers into benefactors, which allows us to grow a truly sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising for support.
NOW...any one who knows me well...is thinking...what? Bobbi bought a pair of "flats"...where are the three inch wedge heels or clogs? (Which btw...TOMS has some lovely high-heeled wedges ;) However...they do not have a map of AFRICA with ETHIOPIA...my BIRTHPLACE...right on top! Oh Yeah ;o
I just love this part about TOMS because it reminds me of another one of my favorite charitable organizations, Samaritan’s Feet. Which is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through their Shoes of Hope distributions around the world. They do this because 300 million people wake up each morning without a pair of shoes to protect their feet from injury and disease.
So how about you? What organizations are you supporting and blogging about today? Inquiring minds want to know! Leave a comment and link up your blog post if you are participating today.