FOUNDER'S•LETTER
 

 

A Longer Introduction
Or
“What I would say to you if we could have a conversation about this.”

I’d like to ask you a couple of questions. Have you been really thirsty in the last 24 hours? Did you have a hard time getting something to drink? Did you wonder if what you drank to quench your thirst was going to make you sick, or maybe even kill you? Probably not. But there are places in this world where people no different from you or me have to walk for miles just to bring home a bucket of water so dirty that some of them will become sick or even die.This is not a little problem. Over one billion people lack access to clean water. Every 15 seconds a child dies somewhere because he or she didn’t have enough clean water. They die because they drink untreated water from puddles, pits, and streams polluted by livestock and human waste. This water is often filled with microbes that cause acute diarrhea and other illnesses that lead to death. Now let me ask you another question: Have you ever actually saved a life? Not many people have. But if you will join me in this adventure of a little bit of self-sacrifice for just two weeks, you will be able to literally rescue a child from death.Most of the time, clean water is available, but it is not accessible. All that’s needed is a well! Now you can help provide one by your participation in The H2O Challenge. Here’s how:I want to challenge you to make water your only beverage for 2 weeks. Just for 2 weeks! During that time, take the money you would have spent on soda, juice, sports drinks, etc., and put it aside for these needy people. If you are heading toward the soda machine, head for the water fountain instead. If your family goes out to dinner and you usually order iced tea, ask for water. It’s free. For 2 weeks, simply remember to choose water.Collect your savings in a cup. Continue your sacrifice for 2 weeks. You’ll be amazed at how the savings add up. Encourage your whole family to participate.

When you are through, calculate the amount of money saved by your sacrifice. Make out a check for that amount, payable to one of the organizations on our How to Donate page. Send your donations straight to them.
May God bless your efforts. Thank you!

One more thing: If you have some friends or acquaintances who you think might also participate in this project, please challenge them to join in. The H2O Project provides materials to make it easy to present this challenge to church, school, and civic organizations. Just click on Project Resources !