We’d never been to a health facility that offered rabbits to patients in need of a cuddle–until we visited Rwanda. At the clinic in Shyorongi, Donathile does her best without clean running water. But, through the September Campaign, her biggest wish is about to come true.
It takes more than pipes and pumps to make our water projects run in Rwanda. And those projects provide a lot more than water.
They create jobs.
Take Dieudonne, for instance–he has the tools, the team, and the drive to make sure thousands of people get clean, safe water every single day.
charity: water began with a birthday party. On September 7, 2006, founder Scott Harrison asked friends to give $20 at the door and, in one foot-loose night, they funded life-saving water projects in Uganda.
Last Friday, September 7, we celebrated our sixth birthday at the gorgeous Hudson Terrace in Manhattan. Everyone was invited, and in honor of our current September Campaign, we charged $65 per ticket — the cost to give clean water to one person in Rwanda.
That night, we raised a total of $20,115, which means 309 more people will have access to clean, safe water.
Just because we threw a party.
Work is already beginning in Rwanda, thanks to our awesome supporters, so we paused to share this quick video shot that same day by our team in the field. We cheered and then we danced.
Enjoy the night in pictures:
Today, charity: water turns six! Our team is in Rwanda right now where work is underway thanks to our September Campaign supporters. We’re preparing to turn your donations into clean, safe water for 26,000 people. Check out this video, sent straight from the field, and join us.
Rwanda is beautiful. But life in the Land of a Thousand Hills isn’t easy. Families often walk for hours, up and down mountains, just to collect dirty water from rivers. Here are the stories of two families whose lives are about to change.
Bagina’s kids spend as much time collecting water as American kids spend watching TV.
Watch the video to see what their day looks like:
Pelagie and her family walk so far for water that they can’t spare a drop for bathing or washing clothes.
Read the story to learn what the September Campaign could do for them: