Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy World Water Week!

When you take water, give water...

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That’s the sentiment behind the 2012 UNICEF Tap project. Since its inception in 2007, the
UNICEF Tap Project has raised nearly $3 million in the U.S. and has helped provide clean water for millions of children globally.


This year World Water Week is even more important to me because UNICEF’s Next Generation has chosen for its next project to raise $100,000 for UNICEF’s Tap Project…water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in Togo, Vietnam, Cameroon and Mauritania.

They chose this project based on the millions of children living without safe, sanitized water. Did you know that 783 million people around the world do not have access to safe water and 2.5 billion—nearly HALF of humanity—live without proper sanitation? Millions of girls cannot attend class because they have to spend the day getting water for their families. Also, diarrhea, which is caused mainly by dirty water, is the second largest single cause of under-5 child deaths worldwide, killing more children than AIDS, Malaria and Measles combined. Inadequate access to safe water, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kill 4,000 children every day.

The UNICEF Tap Project invites you to make a difference and help give a child clean water to live.  Below are things YOU can do this week.

· Dine out at a Tap participating restaurant and discuss water issues over dinner. Find a local restaurant in your area: http://www.tapproject.org/restaurants/

· Spread the word about our current project – to raise $100,000 for water, sanitation & hygiene programs in Togo, Vietnam, Cameroon, and Mauritania.

· Set up a personal fundraising page for this
project at: http://www.unicefusa.org/about/unicefs-next-generation/fundraise-for-ung.html.

· The 2012 UNICEF Tap Project National Sponsor, Giorgio Armani Fragrances, has a challenge for UNICEF supporters that can help provide clean water for children. For the first 100,000 people who “like” the Acqua for Life Facebook page from March 1-31, Giorgio Armani Fragrances will donate $1 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.  $1 = 40 days of safe, clean water for a child!  So, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/acquaforlife and “like” their page & please share with your friends!

2 comments:

mina said...

That photo is fantastic; your portraits are always so beautiful. I'm hoping to make some time this summer to volunteer but there are so many causes that need attention that I'm having a difficult time trying to choose where to begin.

P.S. Thanks for your recommendation of Sleep No More - we ended up going and can't get over how amazing it was.

Rebecca Yale said...

Thanks! Your images are always so beautiful too! I'm so glad you liked Sleep No More it's such a beautiful and weird performance some people love it some people completely hated it so I'm so glad you liked it! It definitely stays with you too whenever I think back to it I am just blown away by the dancing and innovation.

Finding an organization to volunteer with is really difficult! I'm totally with you feeling like there is so much to get involved with! A good way to start is to figure out if you want to hands on work or more office work like fundraising. A lot of smaller organizations are always looking for people with special skills like writing, photography, advertising to help out behind the scenes. I always feel torn between human rights organizations and environmental/wildlife ones so I try to do a bit of both volunteering at animal shelters and then working on UNICEF's Next Generation Committee. If you're unsure about an organization Charity Navigator is a good place to start they rate charities and let you know how reputable they are and explains where money raised actually goes.

Good luck with it I'll be sure to look out for posts about whatever you decide on over the summer! :)

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