Help Anil Dash give a whole village clean water

It's Anil Dash's 37th birthday, and he's asking his friends and fans to donate $37 to charity:water, to provide clean water for a whole village. His post gives the background on this: he grew up playing with cousins in India, and later in life discovered that the entirety of a neighboring village was wiped out by cholera, with 100 percent mortality.

* I'm running a charity: water campaign to raise $5000 to provide a clean water for an entire village. charity: water is well-known, reputable, efficient, trustworthy and effective in delivering new water wells to areas of the world that need them. I've sponsored wells before, and this is the most meaningful thing we can do. Your entire donation will go to funding water projects, not overhead.

* You should give $37. It's my 37th birthday, and that makes for a nice number. But it's also enough that you'll feel your gift. I don't want this to be a $10 pledge you absentmindedly send to a Kickstarter campaign, or a $5 gift that's "as much as you'd pay at Starbucks". I want you to make a choice, to spend enough money that you have to think about it and compare it to how much you pay for your own water bill. I know you are generous.

* I tell you the story of how the lack of clean water impacts people a part of the world where I have loved ones because I need you to understand that this isn't some abstract threat that happens to "those people over there" living some exotic life you only see in TV specials. People who die, or have their lives dramatically affected, by the lack of fresh water are exactly like me. Their family is from where mine is from, they speak English as well as I do, they use smartphones to communicate, they are like me in every way except their parents didn't get on a jet and come around the world. And as a result, they can be put in mortal danger by having a glass of water to drink.

I've just donated. Will you?

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  1. Cory, thanks so much for sharing this campaign with the good people of boing. :) It’s so important to me that we understand we’re not different from those who don’t have the privilege of clean water (or vaccines, or sanitation systems) — they’re me, or they’re you, just born in a less fortunate geography.

  2.  I find it a bit insulting that you dictate the amount of the donation, rather than ‘suggest’ an amount—and turn up your nose at people that can only afford small donations.  Most fund raisers would love to get multiple 5 and 10 dollar donations. 

  3. I also do not appreciate being told that my small donations are made without thinking about them, and that they are not enough. $37 is actually $10 more than my entire monthly utility bill, and I cannot afford it. I usually kick in $5 for charities, because I can afford it without getting behind on bills, and I figure if everyone gave $5, it would make a huge difference. Don’t try to make me feel like shit because I am not a yuppie and can’t afford a higher donation.

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