THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This week while millions of people around the world wake to open presents with their families another story will play out. More than 800 million people will wake to face an ongoing crisis—no access to clean water. This year make one of the gifts you give a lasting one, and donate to help ensure someone else’s loved one lives to see a healthier New Year.
Started by actor Matt Damon, this organization issues WaterCredit micro-loans that empower individuals and communities in developing countries to take control of their water needs. Once the money has been repaid, it goes back into a revolving account and is used to issue more loans to people in need. Get involved at Water.org.
World Water Relief
This organization focuses on building sustainable water purification systems in developing countries and also helps with disaster relief situations. For more information, visit their website.
American Red Cross
For years this relief agency has helped people around the globe. General donations go towards helping provide all types of relief, including food, shelter and basic daily needs. Contributions can also be earmarked for specific needs, such as emergency water containers. A mere $30 can help provide safe drinking water for six families.