AONC + charity: water


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Author Chris Guillebeau started the site after volunteering in West Africa from 2002-2006. During his time overseas, Chris learned that the best way to reduce global poverty is to increase freedom and the rights of people to make their own choices. Bringing clean water to villages meets a basic human need that is a critical step in this process, and charity: water partners with local organizations on the ground to produce a dramatic, measurable difference.

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World Domination Comes to Ethiopia

Chris Guillebeau and AONC are teaming up with charity: water to address the critical needs of clean water in at least two Ethiopian villages.

The Unconventional Book Tour will visit every state and province in the U.S. and Canada from September 2010 – January 2011 (63 total meetups!). 20% of all overall author royalties are being donated in support of the cause, and 100% for every reader who comes out to a meetup.

In addition, 10% of all revenue from the Unconventional Guides business will also be invested in the project.

If you'd like to join in with your own contribution, you can do so right here.

Where does my donation go?
Your donation goes to direct project costs such as cement, piping and deployment of the necessary drilling equipment. Learn more >
The water crisis.
800 million people on our planet lack access to safe, clean drinking water. That's one in nine of us. 80% of all disease is attributable to the lack of water and basic sanitation. Unsafe water claims more lives each year than war. Learn more >
How you can help.
You can help us build wells. A freshwater well costs $5,000 and can serve an average of 250 people with clean, safe drinking water for 20 years. Just $20 serves one person with clean, safe drinking water. Donate >
Proving it on Google Earth.
charity: water proves every well built using photos, video, and GPS coordinates plotted on Google Earth. charity: water staff visit projects on the ground, monitoring the work being done with your money. See the wells on Google Earth >