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The Laughs Add Up! Tune in to Red Nose Day Tonight.

It’s one of our favorite times of year. Not just because we love to laugh— but because it’s a night of entertainment in support of so many fantastic causes, charity: water included.

Tonight’s show will be the third Red Nose Day that we’ve been a part of, and it continues to make such a huge difference for families around the world — children in particular.

In 2015, the first show (and all of those red noses) helped bring clean and safe drinking water to more than 56,000 people in Rwanda! 36,572 of those were kids!

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That one night of laughs meant that thousands of families would no longer walk long distances to find water. Kids would no longer miss school because they’re waiting in line to fill a Jerry Can. Entire communities will become healthier and stronger!

Last year’s show had a similar impact in Nepal. Once more, families will be getting precious time and energy back so they can focus on more important things, like building better futures for themselves.

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The laughs truly do add up. And we’re so grateful to be a part of it.

Tonight, we’ll continue to break the cycle of poverty for even more families in need. We hope you’ll tune in. Get those #NosesOn; the show starts at 10pm ET on NBC!

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Meet our Spring Interns!

This Spring, we were so honored to work with 12 amazing, talented, and ambitious interns who showed up every day with a contagious passion for changing the world. Say hello to our Spring intern dream team! 


Name: Kelsey Thompson
School: The King’s College
Team: Marketing
Hometown: Keller, Texas

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

I wanted to get involved with a nonprofit organization and a lot of people at my school recommended charity: water!

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

I answer a lot of questions from supporters on a multitude of different issues, assist with merchandise orders, and help out at the reception desk!

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

The people! Everyone here is so nice and the office is always planning something interesting.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

Lots and lots of studying! But other than that, I love hanging out with my friends and when I’m not seeing Broadway shows, I’ve probably got the soundtracks stuck in my head.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

Remedy Diner on the Lower East Side or Union Square when the weather is nice.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

It’s kinda of a surprise to everyone, including myself.

Fun Fact: When I was young, there was a period of time in which I would not respond to Kelsey. I made my family call me “Ariel” because I loved The Little Mermaid so much.

Name: Laura Heilburn
School: Auburn University
Team: Key Relationships - UK Initiative
Hometown: San Diego, CA

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

Public health and preventative medicine are strong passions of mine, so to be able to join charity: water in pursuit of worldwide access to clean water is an incredible privilege. charity: water has chosen to face the water crisis head on as well as challenge pre-existing and inefficient charity models with their 100% model. I am endlessly inspired by their impact as well as the courage they provide those facing enormous obstacles of their own.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

Working on charity: water’s expansion to the UK means I get the wonderful opportunity to work with many different people in various departments. It has been invaluable to see the inner workings of this organization and the different roles it takes to support the mission for clean water.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

You could not ask for a more kind and passionate group of people to work alongside, and I mean both staff and supporters. It is reassuring, especially during times like these, to see the good happening on a daily basis and to work with people who are not discouraged by the size of a problem but instead determined to do something about it.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

Outside of charity: water I make a living as a graphic designer. If I’m not working on any projects you can find me snapping some photos, strumming my guitar, or scheming up a new adventure.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

I love to be wherever the music is. From subway stations and Washington Square Park to Carnegie Hall, this city is filled with so many talented musicians! (I’ve skipped many a train just to hear another tune).

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

I have a forecast of about 3 months right now, but please introduce me to someone with a 15-year plan, I could learn a thing or two!

Name: Shaikh Moin
School: Fordham University
Team: Water Programs
Hometown: Jamaica Estates, NY

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

I had a friend who interned at charity: water last semester and the work that she did was so impactful. I was really inspired by her to apply and get involved in helping solve the global water crisis.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

It varies so much! Recently, I have been working on researching potential partners for new grants. In the past I’ve helped Anna with Monitoring and Evaluation or Water Program Officer’s with photo review.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

Beer and Pizza! I love the workplace environment here.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

I love spending time with my friends and exploring NYC. Typically that means going to concerts or trying new restaurants.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

Mugz’s Bar and Grill

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

Professionally, I see myself working in humanitarian aid or medicine, ideally somehow combining the two.

Fun Fact: I somehow have chipped a tooth every year for the past 6 years.

Name: Emily Manser
School: New York University
Team: Key Relationships
Hometown: Hanover, MA

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

The moment I heard about charity: water I knew it was an organization I wanted to be a part of, being able to intern here has been a dream come true.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

Every day here at charity: water is different - whether I’m circulating the office, asking for signatures on Jerry Cans, sending birthday gifts to our Well Members, or putting together The Well Newsletter, I am always keeping busy.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

I have always wanted to work for a nonprofit and being able to start my experience at an org with the mission and values like charity: water has been amazing. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

As a college freshman, my schoolwork keeps me plenty busy when I’m not in the office.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

I love spending time in Washington Square Park during the week but on the weekends you can find me exploring the entire city.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

I would love to continue working in the nonprofit sector, maybe even start one of my own someday.

Fun Fact: I was born and grew up in Switzerland before moving to Massachusetts, so I am always craving Swiss chocolate!

Name: Ashley Echols
School: University of Washington
Team: Key Relationships
Hometown: Waco, TX

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

I studied abroad a few years ago in Bhutan where I did research on how water resource infrastructure affected villages socioeconomically and fell in love with water. I then pursued a masters in environmental engineering with a focus in water resources. Upon moving to NYC, I started researching water nonprofits and loved the model and ideals of charity: water.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

I’m usually working on completion reports and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

I love being a part of an organization where the people are all so passionate about what they do. There are such positive vibes around the office and everyone’s upbeat spirits are so infectious.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

When I’m not at charity: water, I’m usually spending time with friends, going on spontaneous road trips, or hunting the next best donut.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

I hope to be working in international development in the WASH sector, traveling the world, and surrounding myself with good people. I also hope there are puppies involved.

Fun Fact: I have held security clearances for both the US and British governments.

Name: Cristina Gnecco
School: NYU
Team: Key Relationships
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia, and Bogota, Colombia

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

To contribute to the end of extreme poverty by helping people gain access to clean water! It’s really challenging to find organizations doing truly amazing work that have the funding models and attitude necessary to make impactful change. After researching hundreds of organizations, I fell in love with charity: water’s innovative model and amazing (yellow!) brand.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

Coming in and catching up with the other interns and team members about the day’s tasks over snacks and giant mason jars full of water. This usually includes sending fun gifts and thank you’s to our amazing supporters, researching new potential donors, and helping out with any events that are coming up. Lots of spreadsheets and research!

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

Everyone works hard and plays hard which creates an exciting and productive atmosphere that’s fun to be a part of. It’s the kind of job that you look forward to going to on a Friday (or on Monday or Wednesday or any day for that matter), but especially Friday because we have beer and pizza at 5pm.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

I love to run, boogie around the town, pet dogs, and take naps.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

Any sunny spot with trees and grass!

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut but I’m too short. Hopefully, I’ll be making a meaningful impactful change, with my family, friends, and dog somewhere on Earth instead. Maybe Colombia?

Fun Fact: I hiked the Incan trail and got food poisoning the day I arrived at Macchu Pichu. I threw up all over the ruins!

Name: Michael Martinez
School: The King’s College
Team: Brand Partnerships
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

I wanted to intern at charity: water because I believe deeply in its mission and wanted to devote my time to something bigger than myself. It was important for me to find an internship that would help me develop tangible career skills in fundraising and marketing and one where I could be around kind and talented people. With that in mind, charity: water was the obvious choice. This place is filled with some of the most amazing and sincere people I have ever met. The energy here is contagious and it’s amazing to be surrounded by a group of people who have dedicated their careers to solving the water crisis. From the second i stepped into the offices, I knew that I wanted to be an intern here and I haven’t looked back.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

I like to get an early start on my day here in the office and get to the emails waiting for me each morning. I typically am researching case studies and contracts with brand partners, updating our partner’s contacts across platforms, tracking social media content from our partnerships, updating Keynote presentations, writing thank you’s, sending Jerry Cans to our friends across the world, and learning as much as I possibly can. For lunch, I always stop by the bakery downstairs, grab a sandwich, and catch a few minutes of my favorite podcast at the moment.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

My favorite part of interning at charity: water is the people. The staff cares so deeply for their work and for each other. Laughter fills the hallways here and I know that anyone I come across would grab a cup of coffee with me in a second. It’s so much fun to be here.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

Outside of charity: water, I am serving as my college’s Student Body President which keeps me pretty busy. Beyond that, I try to catch a comedy show or two in the Village, explore new restaurants with friends, read, or just enjoy the simple things.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

That’s a TOUGH question and it changes all the time, but right now, I’d have to say Governor’s Island.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

In 15 years I hope to be a better guy than I am today, doing something that I love, married with kids, living in NYC/DC/Boston/Denver, and making some sort of difference in the lives of others. I don’t know much more than that, but ask me again in 15.

Fun Fact: If you’re ever in Arizona, you can still see my face on a billboard that’s been up for 10 years now. I don’t know why they haven’t taken it down, but I hope it stays up forever.

Name: Jennifer O’Neil
School: Auburn University
Team: Key Relationships
Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

My freshman year of college, I was in a leadership program that supported the clean water crisis. I had never heard of the water crisis before that! But it struck a cord with about 10 of us freshmen, so we started the first organization on campus dedicated to the water crisis called Auburn for Water. Over the next three years, the water crisis became my passion! When I found out I could graduate a semester early, I was gung-ho on interning with charity: water after graduation and living out my dream in New York City. I wanted to learn everything about the operations of a nonprofit and how charity: water has been so successful in bringing clean water to those living without. And here I am! Happy as a clam.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

Number one order of business is grabbing a cup of coffee. Then I do a lot of work helping my supervisor, Brady (shoutout to her sweet soul), on donor research, inputting information into our new CRM system, or sending swag to our awesome supporters. Also, giving tours of the office and helping out with events we host in New York.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

Everything! Seriously, everything. I fall more in love with charity: water each day.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

I am constantly living to podcasts, exploring New York for yummy desserts, or working at Anthropologie.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

Washington Square Park, specifically to people/squirrel watch.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

Working as a pediatric physical therapist in a city where there’s plenty of good food.

Fun Fact: I love giraffes and Italian greyhounds.

Name: Sarah Nelson
School: Fordham University
Team: Key Relationships
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

I’ve been fascinated by their 100% model and always loved the idea of something as simple as clean water changing an entire community.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

I always start my day with a cup of coffee and checking in with my (awesome) supervisor Maria. Then, I’m typically either updating Salesforce and spreadsheets or working on creating impact reports and projects to let our amazing donors know how much they mean to charity: water. I also help make sure our presentation materials are up-to-date.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

I absolutely love my KR team and the family atmosphere here. It’s so great to come to work every day with people who love what they do and each other.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

You can usually find me hanging out with my roommate or friends at one of our favorite restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen or nannying around the city.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

Central Park’s Conservatory Garden in the Spring to see the gorgeous flowers.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

I hope to be working on mental health programming for refugees.

Fun Fact: I am starting my Masters in War and Psychiatry at King’s College London this Fall!

Name: Natalie Tussing
School: Fordham University
Team: Water Programs
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

I heard about it from a family friend that had visited the office. She raved about it and so I went on the website and read all about what they do. I watched YouTube videos of Scott speaking and was hooked. I always wanted to be a part of an NGO like charity: water that is highly organized, well-known and successful so I applied!

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

A typical day in the office usually involved utilizing charity: water’s grants management database for uploading invoice documents for specific projects and completing photo reviews of projects as well. I also help the water programs team with travel arrangements to the field (visa requirements), help to create presentations and keep records up to date.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

I love the snacks and pizza on Fridays, but my most favorite part would have to be all the valuable information I am learning about how charity: water works and what it is like working with a team.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

Outside of charity: water I am finishing up my last semester at Fordham University (Rose Hill Campus). I graduate in May! I also love finding new restaurants and delis in The Bronx Little Italy area (where I live), as well as visit the Botanical Gardens and do yoga.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

Probably the New York Botanical Gardens, it is right across the street from my school.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

Hopefully settling down and starting a family while creating my own yoga practice and studio.

Fun Fact: My geography is impeccable.

Name: Salisha Allard-Blaisdell
School: Rutgers University
Team: Office Operations
Hometown: Grenada, West Indies

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

Having been born and raised in poverty for the first 18 years of my life, I have matured into a very service-oriented individual whose life is dedicated to serving others. I have been the recipient of many acts of service, some great, some small and have made it my life’s mission to serve and positively impact the life of others in whatever way I can. Upon my MPA completion in May ‘16, my Dad (who only became my Dad 7 years ago through legal adoption in California), who currently serves as the VP of Smile Generation, forwarded me one of his emails from charity: water and told me to look into the organization. Within of minutes of reading about charity: water, I felt so drawn not only because my Dad and his company LOVE charity: water, but because charity: water’s mission hit home for me.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

My day in the office varies. I come in the office three days a week and each day has its specific roles that I will repeat. But generally, I ensure the office remains in a safe, and inviting atmosphere. Thus, I purchase office supplies, replace light bulbs and try to ensure that our dedicated staff has both sweet and healthy snacks to munch on when they finally look away from their computers to take a few minutes break.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

My favorite part about interning at charity: water is getting this noble opportunity to work with dedicated men and women who are literally saving the lives of others (who at one point were just like me). There is such a strong spirit of love and unity here. I look forward to coming here each day. I admire how diligently the people work to make such an enormous impact on the lives of so many women, children, and their families.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

Outside of charity: water, I spend my time serving others. I currently volunteer with the American Cancer Society as the Road to Recovery Coordinator. I go out into various communities (hospitals, malls, etc) and recruit volunteer drivers whose roles are to take cancer patients, who have no other means of transportation, to and from their cancer treatments. In addition, I serve as the Young Women President in my ward (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints/Mormons) and get to work with girls age 12-18. Lastly, but definitely not least, I enjoy taking my precious 4 year old daughter to the park to ride her bike and give her lots of kisses while I express my love for her.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

Central Park area. It’s such a beautiful scene, lots of nice places to eat and spend time with family.

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

In fifteen years, I want to see myself working as an executive administrator in the Public Sector (most likely healthcare related). I hope to have purchased my first home, and celebrated at least my 3rd or 4th anniversary of the establishment of my orphanage in Grenada.

Fun Fact: Although I learned to read at age 12, both at my undergraduate and graduate level, I was selected as one of the top students to represent my schools on a national level. Once with presenting my own writing at the National Undergraduate Literature conference, 2011, and then teaming up with three other Rutgers students to compete at NASPA Stimulation completion, 2015.

Name: Kavya Ravishankar
School: New York University
Team: Key Relationships
Hometown: Canton, OH

Why did you want to intern at charity: water?

I immediately fell in love with the mission and work at charity: water when I learned about the organization and wanted to get involved as soon as I could. I had the opportunity to help out at our VR event at Brookfield Place which really showed me how well the team was able to inspire others including me.

What does a typical day in the office look like for you?

I spend a lot of my time doing donor research. Also, I get to help our amazing supporters learn more about sponsoring water projects.

What’s your favorite part of interning at charity: water?

I love starting off the week with Bagels on Monday morning. The whole team comes together to hear updates at the office and get excited for the week.

What goes on in your life outside of charity: water?

I’m usually going on a run, at yoga, or exploring the many bookstores in the city. Archestratus Books + Foods in Greenpoint is filled with cookbooks and I definitely spend way too much time looking for new recipes and cooking up yummy meals for my friends.

What is your favorite place to hang out in New York?

Prospect Park when the sun is out and the birds are singing. I have a mild obsession with dinosaurs and I get far too excited knowing that the birds that walk amongst us now are their descendants. The park is an awesome place to bird watch!

Where do you want to be in 15 years?

I want to continue pursuing my passion for empowering others.

Fun Fact: I have my private pilot’s license and want to fly around the world one day.

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The Traveller: Baaba Maal

Here at charity: water, we believe in the power of storytelling. It allows us to give a personal view of what it’s like to live without clean water, and what it’s like to get it for the first time. Everyone we meet has a story worth telling and we take every opportunity we can to share it.

Recently, we partnered with world-renowned Senegalese artist, Baaba Maal, who also believes in the power of storytelling. Baaba has been traveling all over the world with his band for more than 20 years and he loves, more than anything, to share what he’s learned during his travels through his music.

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Growing up in Senegal, Baaba Maal saw first-hand what it was like for people to live without clean water. He personally understands the struggle 663 million people around the world go through each and every day when they have to sacrifice their time, health, and education to walk for dirty water.

Like charity: water, Baaba Maal believes in the power of clean water and how it truly can change everything. That’s why he has decided to use his music to raise awareness about the global water crisis.

On April 25, Baaba will be re-releasing his latest album “The Traveller” along with a documentary taking us to his hometown of Podor in Senegal and an exclusive video featuring an acoustic performance of one of his most popular songs. Baaba is donating all profits (after credit card transaction fees) from every purchase of this exclusive album/video package to help bring clean water to communities in need.

We’re so excited to introduce Baaba Maal to the charity: water community and can’t wait to share his story with our supporters and see how he uses his music to share our story with the world.

Learn more here.

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A Clear Mind For You, Clean Water For Others

Mindful in May has been an incredible supporter of charity: water for the past five years, and we can’t wait to see the impact their amazing community will have this year.

With a mission to help people live healthier, happier, and more clear-minded lives, our friend Dr. Elise Bialylew started Mindful in May, an online program that teaches meditation and mindfulness through an annual month-long challenge where participants are asked to meditate for 10 minutes a day. And, not only is the program helping participants adopt a calmer way of life, it’s also bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in need all around the world.

Mindful in May has supported charity: water since the program’s inception, with five fundraising campaigns that have raised over $450,000 in total. Today, 100% of that money has gone on to bring clean water to more than 15,000 people in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, and Uganda.

Since 2012, the support of this amazing community has helped fund 49 water projects ranging from drilled wells to tap stands. These water points have changed the lives of thousands of people who used to struggle daily without access to life’s most basic need.

The impact of this generous community has made over the years has been absolutely incredible. And they’re not done yet.

This year, Mindful in May is back again and will be raising funds to help bring clean water to communities in need throughout Mali, a landlocked country with vast deserts and a long dry-season where many people lack access to clean water and sanitation.

Through the program, which is open for registration through April 30, participants are invited to make a donation or fundraise by encouraging their friends and families to sponsor their meditation challenge. This way, not only are they learning to meditate and reduce stress with some of the best teachers in the world, they are also making a positive difference and helping families around the world take the first step out of poverty with clean water.  

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The world gets better the more you get Away

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Traveling is a key component of our work here at charity: water.

Our programs team spends around 30% of their time in the field checking in with our local partners on the progress of water projects around the world. Our creative team packs up and travels abroad to meet the people we serve and collect their stories so we can connect our supporters to our work. Even our fundraising team is constantly on the road all around the US and beyond to meet with donors, attend speaking engagements, and host events.

Having the opportunity to travel and meet with our supporters, partners, and beneficiaries face to face adds so much value to the work that we do. It gives us the chance to form real relationships throughout the charity: water community and truly show them how important they are to us and our work.

That’s why we are so excited to announce the launch of our partnership with Away, an amazing travel brand founded on the idea that all trips are worth taking, and the more connections made between people, places, and ideas, the better.

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We collaborated with Away to create luggage that helps support our mission of bringing clean water to people worldwide. The special edition suitcases are black with a bright charity: water-yellow zipper, co-branded handles, and a custom interior lining inspired by prints from Niger.

With every purchase of a special edition Away suitcase, $30 will be donated to charity: water. Together, we’ll give a community in need access to clean water. So not only is this luggage that helps you see the world, it helps make the world a better place too.

“We’re proud to be working with a company like Away that shares our core values of transparency and brand excellence,” our founder, Scott Harrison, said. “Our hope is that through this partnership, we can inspire the Away community and together, bring many more people clean and safe drinking water.”

The collaboration will feature Away luggage in two sizes—The Carry-On and Bigger Carry-On—and will launch on World Water Day, March 22nd.

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