Americans go on 'Shower Strike' for Clean Water in East Africa
Americans go on ‘Shower Strike' for Clean Water in East Africa
Over 100 volunteers pledge to not shower until they've each raised at least $1000 for clean water projects in drought-stricken Kenya, Africa. $30,000 in small donations has been raised in just 48 hours.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 28, 2011
An Austin, Texas based nonprofit organization, Well Aware, has organized a unique effort to help provide clean water to East Africa- which is suffering from a drought that the United Nations has recently called the worst humanitarian disaster on Earth. They've organized over one hundred volunteers who have pledged to not shower until they've each raised at least $1000 towards clean water projects in Kenya, Africa.
The largely-online fundraising effort, dubbed Shower Strike 2011, (see http://www.showerstrike.com) has raised over $30,000 in small donations in just 48 hours. Well Aware says 100% of all donations will go directly to pre-identified clean water projects, including deep water wells, pipeline projects, and rainwater collection systems in the most arid parts of Kenya. Working alongside certified hydrogeologists to identify the most promising geographic areas, Well Aware has already constructed several wells and contributed to pipeline projects that have saved thousands of lives in Kenya. All donations are 100% tax deductible.
UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, referring to the drought crisis in Kenya, said Monday “This is a wake up call we cannot ignore.” Factors including regional conflict, high food prices, and an ongoing drought have put 11 million people in desperate need of water there, he said. Mothers and children commonly walk 15 miles a day in search of any water, preventing children from being able to attend school.
Executive director of Well Aware, Sarah Evans says “women aren't able to further themselves or get an education and children are not going to school so it's a cycle that needs to be broken and the way to provide that is by providing clean water.”
The Shower Strike website (http://www.showerstrike.com) allows anyone who wants to volunteer to set up their own webpage for collecting donations. Volunteers from across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa have taken the shower strike pledge. Well Aware hopes to raise at least $100,000 in one week for its clean water projects there.
About Well Aware
Well Aware is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2006 to provide life-saving water for those who have none. Well Aware completed three water projects in 2010. After assessing each area, Well Aware determines the most practical and lasting solution — water well (borehole or hand-dug), rainwater collection system or pipeline from a nearby natural spring. More than 60 percent of existing water wells in Kenya are currently not working due to NGO neglect. Well Aware's project planning and budgeting includes lifetime technical support, community oversight and development consultation.
For more information:
event website: http://www.ShowerStrike.com
nonprofit website: http://www.WellAwareWorld.org
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