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Almost 1 billion people around the world do not have access to safe, clean drinking water and proper sanitization. That’s 1 in 8 people. Every 15 seconds, a child dies from diseases caused by contaminated water — 4,400 children every day.
Lack of clean water isn’t because the water isn’t there. It is, but most communities in developing countries around the world simply cannot afford to drill down to reach the water sitting 300 feet underground. Water empowers agriculture, education and micro-finance. Access to clean water is not a luxury — it is a basic human right.
The Thirst Project is one organization working to solve the global water crisis. It is an organization established by young people — founded in 2008 by then 19-year-old college student, Seth Maxwell and a handful of his friends — and is working to mobilize students and young people in America to get involved and help bring clean drinking water to every person on the planet. It is the only water project organization in the U.S. led exclusively by young people.
The Thirst Project travels around the country, using educational programs to raise awareness about the global water crisis with America’s students.
“The Thirst Project is a movement of high school and college students raising awareness of and bringing solutions to the global water crisis.”
In four years, The Thirst Project has raised more than $2.6 million, built 788 water projects and has provided more than 100,000 people in 11 countries around the world with clean drinking water with the help of more than 300,000 students. But their vision reaches far beyond those first 100,000.
“Our goal with The Thirst Project is to provide safe, clean water and sanitization to 1 million people by 2015,” said Seth Maxwell, founder of The Thirst Project.
The Thirst Project has committed to giving the entire nation of Swaziland safe water in the next 10 years. To do so, an estimated 2,500 wells are needed in Swaziland. Currently, The Thirst Project has completed more than 50 water projects in the South African country.
Why Swaziland? The country has the highest AIDS rate in the world. Over 50 percent of adults in their 20’s are infected with HIV. According to the CIA World Factbook, Swaziland has the lowest life expectancy in the world — an average life expectancy of just over 31 years. Clean water is crucial in successfully treating and preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS.
One clean water project costs around $15,000 to complete. The Thirst Project is working closely with the Follett Higher Education Group, Contiki Travel and other partners to help raise enough money to bring this dream — this promise to an entire nation — to reality.
Seth Maxwell and The Thirst Project were recently featured on the VH1 Do Something Awards. Watch Seth’s Do Something Awards video:
The water crisis isn’t just the problem of developing countries. It’s our problem. It affects our entire world. Solving the water crisis is simple, but it requires awareness, education and funding. Click here to find out how you can take action and join The Thirst Project in solving the global water crisis.
Do you want to bring The Thirst Project to your school? Click here for more information on The Thirst Project’s Educational Programs.
On Tuesday, October 30, The Thirst Project will host a fundraiser in Hollywood. Wine into Water is a wine tasting event featuring 20 world-class wineries and delicious bites from local eateries. Several celebrities who support The Thirst Project will be in attendance. Admission is $200 at the door and 100 percent of proceeds benefit The Thirst Project. To RSVP for Wine into Water, contact The Thirst Project.