Could you imagine literally dying of thirst?
It’s a common expression used when one is parched but truthfully for a large number of people around the world this is indeed their reality.
If you are from a developed country, chances are you don’t spend too much time thinking about water — it’s everywhere you go. When you’re thirsty, you flip a handle or push a button. When you’re dirty, you twist a shower knob. When your garden needs watering, when your pasta needs to be boiled — water is just there for the taking, thankfully.
But for almost 700 million people on the planet, it’s not. Millions of women and children have to walk hours each day to get water from muddy ponds and rivers. And much of that water is infested with bacteria, parasites, leeches and more.
The reality is that diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill people. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. 90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable.
Becoming aware of the Global Water Crisis a few years back a group of friends in Miami decided to jump into action to help do something about it albeit small… In 2011, WATER PARTY MIA was brought to life and given wings. The idea was simple bring together as many people as possible for a celebration that included drinks, food, music and more. Monies would be raised by charging a cover fee of $35, which was a direct donation to the group’s fundraising campaign page setup via the charity they were championing which addressed the global water crisis. By the end of their first Water Party MIA the group had raised $5,267 which would ultimately serve 263 people in need and be enough funds for one water well in Malawi, Africa.
Having said all that the group has continued efforts year after year and has raised $34,216 in four years via its Annual Water Party MIA (Water Party MIA 2011 raised $5,267 and benefitted Malawi and Ethiopia, Water Party MIA 2012 raised $8,074 and benefitted Rwanda, Water Party MIA 2013 raised $10,833 and benefitted Cambodia and Water Party MIA 2014 raised $10,042 and benefitted Honduras) with no signs of slowing down. As they continue their efforts and desire to affect long lasting change for others without the most basic need – WATER the group continues its efforts year after year upping the ante with their annual WATER PARTY MIA.
It is the groups’ hope that year after year as Water Party MIA they’ll be able to say that they changed tomorrow today by making a difference in the global water crisis.
I was delighted to learn more about Water Party MIA and be part of their efforts. I am proud to join Water Party to further their pursuit to bring fresh clean drinking WATER to our neighbors all around the world because, WATER CHANGES EVERYTHING!!!