Hope and I were poking around the Charity:Water site the other day and saw the PSA (above) that they had put together. The idea is "what would be like if Americans accessed drinking water in the same way that many people do in Africa?" and it's quite moving.
Later, Hope brought up the recent floods in Ames which resulted in the city being under a "boil order" for several days as the drinking water was feared to be contaminated due to a broken main and low pressure due to empty towers. How would we cope if that flood water was our only accessible drinking water? That's what the water looks like where Charity:Water is doing their good work.
Our friends in Ames were able to get by for a few days by either boiling or picking up bottled water until the safe drinking supply was fixed. They don't have that option in many parts of the world and that's why Charity:Water is doing this whole thing.
Back to the campaign, one week in and we're nearly 1/3rd of the way there. Huge thanks to my friends, Danny, Ben, Andrea and Linda and my lovely wife Hope for contributing!
Several of the above folks picked up the "$32 for my 32nd Birthday" idea which is awesome, but don't feel compelled to give that much. $5 or $10 donations are just as good (huge props to Hope and Ben for their bigger donations, too).
While you're thinking about it, check out the video below which features the Bayaka people who are the focus of the September Campaign for 2010 (donate at mycharitywater.org/geoffwood):