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The Bayaka are an African Pygmy tribe. They were one of the last
hunter-gatherer societies in the world until the logging industry pushed
them out of the forest. Now, they’re learning to live on the outskirts of
villages, where they face rejection and abuse by locals who see them as
animals who belong in the jungle. Many Bayaka live without clean water in
southern C.A.R. We want to bring clean and safe drinking water to every one
See up-close how the Bayaka live in photos >
our goal this
september is to raise
to give clean water
to 100% of Bayaka
and 74,000 Central Africans for a total of
charity: water started working in C.A.R. in 2007 through local partner
Integrated Community Development International (ICDI). Since then, we’ve
funded 199 water projects serving 216,489 people with clean and safe
drinking water. charity: water has given one in every 19 people in C.A.R. clean drinking water. But our work is just getting started here.
1.5 million (34%)
without clean water
64% of population
lives on less than $1 a day
69% of population
don’t have a toilet
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Campaign 2010 trailer, web banners to post on your blog, twitter
backgrounds and more. Help us spread the word and raise awareness
about the water crisis in Central African Republic.
charity: water started with a birthday party. When founder Scott
Harrison turned 31, he asked everyone he knew to come to a party and bring
money for clean water instead of gifts. He raised more than $15,000 and we
used the money to give water to people living in a refugee camp in Uganda.
In 2007 we did it again, but asked others born in September to join in as
well. They gave up birthday gifts and together we raised $150,000 to bring
clean water to hospitals and schools in Kenya. A year later, 900 people
joined the movement, and almost $1 million was raised through birthdays.
This year, we’re doing it again -- but bigger. We hope to bring clean and
safe drinking water to a forgotten people in a forgotten nation: the Bayaka
in Central African Republic. The 210 water projects that will serve 90,000
people will cost $1.7 million -- an ambitious goal, but one we can reach
with your help.
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our drilling partner in C.A.R. is Integrated Community Develop-
ment International (ICDI).
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