Let's face it - we hardly save up. We just pretend to save up. Even if we do, it'll go to buying that new dress/top/jeans/skirt/shoes that we've been eyeing on.
And if you're like me, you don't spend too much time thinking about water either - it's everywhere we go. When we're thirsty, we flip a handle or push a button. When we're dirty, we twist a shower knob. When our garden needs watering, when our pasta needs to be boiled, when we use the bathroom - water's just there for the taking.
But for a billion people on the planet, it's not. Millions of women and children have to walk hours each day to get water from muddy ponds and rivers. And much of that water is infested with parasites and leeches. In fact, 80% of all diseases in the world are caused by unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation.
When I learned that only $20 can give someone clean, safe water for two decades, I decided to start a campaign to help. Now, my goal is to raise $1000 to build wells in developing nations.
The cool thing about charity: water is that they spend 100% of the money I raise directly on the water projects. Even better, when projects are complete, every dollar is tied to village and all the wells are posted on Google Earth.
I've never actually been dying of thirst. And if you're like me, you'd like to see a world where no one does.
Together, we can make a dent in the global water crisis. So instead "saving" up that extra money to buy new clothes/accessories/whatever, will you donate $20 to give someone clean, safe water for 20 years?