That is the truth.
As we approach this holiday season you will no doubt be inundated by gift guides and shopping suggestions. I love a gift guide as much as the next girl (and will certainly be featuring plenty here) but in this season of excess, it's important not to lose sight of the bigger picture. I have been meaning to share these to charities for a while and now seems like a great time. If you're looking for somewhere to donate this holiday season both of these organizations are doing wonderful things. With simple solutions they have found ways to make a huge impact. They explain what they do best, so without further ado...
"Lack of safe drinking water is a global health crisis. Each year, 443 million school days are lost due to water-related illness which keeps students from attending school. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness, and more than 783 million people do not have access to an improved water source. Hundreds of millions more use municipal water systems that are poorly maintained and deliver contaminated water.
In addition, safe water is vital for economic growth. In many nations, water shortage is a cause of violent conflict. Without safe water, there is no sustainable future for much of the developing world.
Building on their existing LifeStraw water filtration technology, Vestergaard Fransden created the LifeStraw® Community. The LifeStraw removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.999% of viruses, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites preventing waterborne illnesses - without the use of harmful chemicals. With your help, families around the world will have access to clean drinking water."
Buy your own Lifestraw product here and provide safe drinking water to a child for year.
Or, donate directly to the program.
"Founded in Bangladesh in 1972, BRAC has grappled with the problem of high maternal and infant mortality in a country where the vast majority of women still give birth at home without a skilled attendant. Your response might be to build more or bigger hospitals; BRAC instead brought suitable alternatives to the women themselves, in the form of “birthing huts” in the slums of Dhaka and other Bangladeshi cities, as well as the BRAC birthing kits.
A BRAC birthing kit contains the necessary tools for a safe and sterile delivery: gauze, carbolic soap, a sterile plastic sheet to go over the mattress, a thread to tie the umbilical cord and a surgical blade to cut it. That’s it.
It might not be the most elegant solution, but it transforms any home into a safe and sterile place to have a baby. The cost to the consumer? A mere 40 cents."
Donate to BRAC here.
What charities do you support? Please feel free to share in the comments.