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Get Ready to Walk


Next Wednesday, October 5th is National Walk to School Day. That morning, kids all around the country are going to be missing their busses and passing up rides from their parents and instead will be walking to school. And we want you guys to join the fun!

Millions of people around the world without access to clean and safe drinking water have to walk hours every day to collect water for their families. We want our community to get involved in National Walk to School Day to raise awareness about the global water crisis and walk so others don’t have to.

To make sure you guys are fully prepared, here are 5 ways you can get ready for National Walk to School Day and make a difference for kids all around the world.

1.  Learn the Facts

663 million people around the world lack access to clean and safe drinking water. Many of them live in isolated rural areas and have to spend hours every day walking to collect dirty water for their families. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.

Together, we’re helping kids around the world spend less time walking to collect water, and more time in school.

Check out this video from The Journey Series when Tyler walks with Tarik in Ethiopia:

2.  Get Creative

Unleash your crafty side and have some fun getting creative. You can make your own t-shirts, create posters, or even decorate milk jugs to fill with water to carry with you as you walk.

Women and children not only bear the burden of having to collect dirty water, but they also have to carry 40 pound Jerry Cans while doing it. So participate in your own water walk by carrying a jug full of water to get an idea of what life is like for millions of people around the world.


3.  Make a Plan

The more people you have the better! Gather your friends and family to walk with you, pick a meeting point in the morning, and raise awareness for the women and children who walk for water every single day, together.


4.  Share Your Story

Don’t forget to share about your walk to school on social media. Remember, this is all about raising awareness. And one of the best ways to do that is to share your story with others. Tweet about it, post on Facebook, even create an Instagram or Snapchat story!

Also, be sure to take some pictures and send them to us at mystory@charitywater.org to share your story with us and have your picture added to the supporter wall in our office.


5.  Start a Fundraising Campaign

The best part about participating in an event like this and raising awareness for the water crisis is getting your community to take action. Start your very own fundraising campaign and share your National Walk to School Day story with your family and friends and then ask them to donate. 100% of every donation will go straight to the field and help keep kids from having to walk for water, and instead keep them in school.


You still have a few days to get ready so gather your friends, get crafty, and get excited, because it’s going to be a great day. We can’t wait to see you all out there walking to school and raising awareness about the global water crisis together.

Want to get your school even more involved? E-mail schools@charitywater.org for more information!

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12,000 lives changed

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we took over the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place NYC and hosted our biggest physical installation in charity: water history. Throughout the three-week activation, hundreds of volunteers came out to help us raise awareness for the 663 million people living without clean water around the world.

We shared our virtual reality film, The Source, with more than 10,000 people. They met Selam, a 13-year-old girl in Ethiopia, and experienced the moment her village received clean water for the first time. Every view unlocked a $30 donation for clean water. By the end of the three weeks, we unlocked enough to change the  lives of over 12,460 people in need.

This type of change would not have been possible without the incredible support of our sponsors and volunteers. Special thanks to Brookfield Place, 11th Street Workshop, Event Farm, ICON, Samsung, Taylor Creative, Le District, Morgan Stanley, Virginia Clay and our dedicated volunteer community.

If you weren’t able to join us in person, you can still experience The Source! Watch it online here.

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Clean water and more time in Ethiopia

Last year, there were 748 million people without access to clean and safe drinking water. Our friends at Lokai wanted to help change that. They created a limited-edition blue Water Lokai bracelet and for each bracelet sold, donated $3 to help us further our mission. In just three weeks, Lokai raised $300k to fund 33 clean water projects in Tigray, Ethiopia which will serve over 7,000 people. Today, 21 of their 33 projects are complete and are currently serving 5,525 people with clean and safe water.


Now that they have clean water, all 5,525 of those people in Ethiopia now have more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school. All of which help fight poverty. Having access to clean water does more than just provide drinking water. It means less time collecting water and more time in class, more time to start businesses, improve homes, and take charge of their own futures.

This year, Lokai decided to bring back the Water Lokai bracelet to help give back time to even more people in need. This time with a new product as well, the Water Pack. The Water Pack includes a Lokai water bottle, the brilliant blue Water Lokai bracelet, and a cardboard Virtual Reality headset which will enable the Lokai community to experience “The Source,” our groundbreaking VR film that tells the story of Selam, a 13-year-old girl and her family in rural Ethiopia.


Selam used to spend her days waking up before dawn to collect water for her family from a small contaminated pond they shared with animals. School would always come second as she often would have to leave early to collect water a second time for dinner that night. Now that she has access to clean water, Selam no longer has to spend her days collecting water. Instead, she can go to class five days a week and study to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.

Through our partnership, Lokai has helped us stay humble, stay hopeful, and bring clean water to thousands of families in Ethiopia who can now spend less time walking to find dirty water and more time in school, earning an income, and taking care of each other. Thank you, Lokai!

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Give it up for love!

It’s that time of year again: wedding season. Those joyous few months when it seems like all the people you have met throughout your entire life have picked the same small window of time to marry each other.

While guests are all scrambling around trying to find something to wear, those getting married are filling their days with guest lists, linen rentals, lacy white gowns, and peachy bridal bouquets.

It can be a stressful time of year, but it can also be extremely inspiring.

Over the years, we’ve seen amazingly generous couples say “I do” a bit differently. Instead of asking guests to buy them matching napkin rings, toaster ovens, or spoon sets they’ll never use, some of our favorite newlyweds have given up their weddings for clean water.

Chi Hae and George reflected on how fortunate they were in life and love and asked their guests for donations to charity: water instead of creating a traditional registry.


Photo courtesy of Jannette De Llanos Photography

Ashley and Travis also chose to celebrate their wedding by trading gifts for donations to clean water.


Tori and William even determined the day they would get engaged based on when they hit their charity: water fundraising goal!


And this year, for the first time, we’ve seen incredibly generous brands get involved too. Our friends at Keurig Green Mountain started a campaign in support of charity: water as a part of their Bridal campaign. By participating, couples can bring clean water to families in Ethiopia while celebrating their big day with loved ones. And they can even share this gift with guests by distributing charity: water table kits at their wedding.

Wedding season is a beautiful time of year because we get to celebrate the people we love as they commit to sharing their lives with one another. And it is even more beautiful to see when these amazing couples use their special day to give people in need around the world a reason to celebrate too.

Here’s to giving it up for love!

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Our biggest event ever

This September, charity: water turns 10 and we’re celebrating by launching our biggest physical installation in charity: water history. We’ll be taking over The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in NYC for three weeks this August to raise awareness for the 663 million people living without clean water around the world.

And we want you to be there with us.


We’ll be sharing our new Virtual Reality film, The Source, and inviting the public to put on a VR headset and meet Selam, a 13-year-old girl in Ethiopia. Guests will step into Selam’s world for 9 minutes and experience the moment her village gets clean water for the first time and their lives change forever.

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor and our friends at Morgan Stanley, every viewing of the film will unlock a $30 donation and give one person clean water. Our goal is to bring at least 10,000 people clean water by the end of the three weeks.

If you can’t join us in person, you can still experience The Source! Watch it online here.

Special thanks to Brookfield Place, 11th Street Workshop, Event Farm, ICON, Samsung, Taylor Creative, Le District, Morgan Stanley, and Virginia Clay. We wouldn’t be able to make this experience possible without our generous partners.

The charity: water exhibit will be open to the public every day from August 9th to August 28th from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

We’d love to see you there.

Date: Tuesday, August 9th - Sunday, August 28th
Time: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Location: The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, NYC

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