Author of Chris Beat Cancer
On my 44th birthday...
Like most of you reading this, I don’t need anything. I have a family who loves me, a safe place live, clothes to wear, food to eat… and I have something that ALL of us take for granted… clean water to drink.
There are over 785 million people who do not have access to clean drinking water. It's hard to imagine, but it's true.
Together, we can end the water crisis for 10,000 people in Cambodia!
Why does clean water matter?
Because illnesses caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites in dirty water kill more children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined… Over 800 children DIE every day from preventable dirty water diseases. Every day!
In Cambodia (located between Thailand and Vietnam) it’s estimated that 40% of the population (roughly 4 million people) drinks water from a source that’s contaminated with fecal bacteria like E. coli or pollutants like arsenic.
On average, women and young girls are walking up to 1 hour each way and spending 2-5 hours each day collecting dirty drinking water from a water source like this…
Because it’s considered the woman’s responsibility in many cultures, many girls cannot go to school, because collecting clean water is the priority for their family.
Clean water saves lives.
For the last 6 years on my birthday, I’ve raised money for neverthirst, an organization that has provided over 800,000 people with safe, clean drinking water since 2008.
And since 2015, you, my amazing friends and fans have funded…
- 100 deep water wells in Cambodia, serving over 2500 families.
- 18 Cambodia School WASH Projects, giving clean drinking water, bathrooms, handwashing stations, and garbage kilns to over 10,800 elementary school children.
- 1 Cambodia school rain tank, serving 360 kids
- 370 biosand filters, serving 370 families
- 22 biosand filters and latrines, serving 22 families
So far, we have given safe, clean drinking water to roughly 25,620 people!!!
Here's how you can help
The deep water wells cost $5000 to drill and serve 20-25 families, or about 100 people. Each village is responsible to raise a small amount for future maintenance like replacing the pump handle. That way they are invested and take ownership of it. The $150 on the plaque is how much this village raised, which is a lot of money for them, over one months income for the average family.
Here’s a close up shot of one of the wells we funded:
If you look close, you can see that it says ‘Chris Beat Cancer’ on it. Now think about how cool it would be to have YOUR name on a well or on an Elementary School WASH Project More on that in a bit…
Last year, we raised just over $225,000. This year my goal is to raise $250,000 in the next 14 days, which will provide clean water to 10,000 people in rural Cambodian villages.
If just 2500 of you amazing generous people give $100… We’ll hit our goal! This is totally doable! I’m kicking it off with a personal donation myself. And now I’m asking you to partner with me and give generously to this noble cause. (Please consider becoming a monthly donor as well.)GIVE CLEAN WATER
FYI Last year 14 donors each funded their own wells and got their names on them. This year I’m expecting way more than that. ;)
Donate $13k or more to fund a WASH Project and provide clean drinking water, bathrooms, hand washing stations, and a garbage kiln for 400 Cambodian elementary school children! I am personally kicking it off with a donation of $13,000 to fund another school WASH project. Join me!
Want to mail a check? You can send them (and include your size for apparel) to:
1111 Edenton Street
Birmingham, AL 35242