Bald Birthday Benefit

May 16th, 2009

Kevin is turning 30 in June and has not cut his hair since his last birthday. Last year he shaved his head on his birthday to raise money for our adoption. This year he’s shaving his head to raise money for charity:water. The goal is $600. $600 will give 30 people clean water and give 30 people life.

I’ve talked a lot about water on my blog. And know that I’ve seen first hand what it means to not have clean water it’s that much more important to do something about it.

1.1 billion people don’t have access to clean water or sanitation. (That’s 1 out of every 6 people.)

Unclean water and lack of sanitation causes 80% of sickness. And it’s killed more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

5400 children die every day from lack of clean water.

And more personal

Milo came home with giardia, probably from drinking the water. Giardia can kill babies in Ethiopia. That nasty little parasite doesn’t let them keep food in their stomachs.

Kevin got sick in Ethiopia and was down for about 2 days from the water. Probably from getting a little in his mouth in the shower or using a bowl that had been rinsed in the tap water.

We watched men and women haul 5 gallon jerry cans to the river to bring water home. Have you ever tried to lift and carry 5 gallons of water? Try it and let me know how far you make it. I bet it’s not 3 miles.

Many families make the heart-breaking decision to relinquish their kids for adoption because they know that the water can kill them.

Water is life.

$600 to give 30 people water to give 30 people life.

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