Big Announcement: Water!

September 1, 2010

I’ve got something big to share with you today.

As of today, I’ve been blogging for twenty-two months.  Last week, I reached the benchmark of 300 blog posts.  That means you’ve now slurped down 300 doses of my amazing wisdom and impeccable wit, and I’ve read through thousands of your comments.

I always hope that this blog is a meaningful thing to do.  That means writing about meaningful things that I hope will be worth your time.  A couple of months ago, it meant deciding not to put ads on the blog.  It oftentimes means reaching out to some incredible people around the world.

But today, I’m really pumped, because I’m doing something with the blog that’s very meaningful, and I need your help. 

I’m collecting about 800 million glasses of water

…give or take a couple.  I’m not joking.

For the next 30 days, I’ll be a part of a team of 30 bloggers, and we’ll be working to collect that water.  Actually, we’d really rather collect the moolah to dig the wells rather than send the water by UPS.  Seems more efficient that way.

We’re teaming up with Charity: Water, and our goal is provide clean water for six communities in the Central African Republic. 

How big is this need? 

One in eight people on the planet don’t have clean water to drink.  That’s several hundred million people.  It’s the last valuable commodity in many places on earth.  Women and children in pre-industrial cultures typically walk five or more miles to collect a bucket of water out of a dirty river, risking rape and violence along the way.  Or, they may line up for eight hours for a turn at a well.  Meanwhile, I used more water today to wash the grime off myself than these people have in a week. 

You already know that I have a heart for the people of Africa, so I’m really glad to be a part of this.  Charity Water is a great organization.  You won’t find many charities that use 100% of donations for the projects they are working on, but Charity Water covers all their overhead with private sponsors.  That’s awesome.

I don’t know about you, but I love water

I’m really excited to be partnering with 29 other bloggers.  Over the next 30 days, you’ll see the new banners I’ve put on the site, plus I’ll include a banner on every blog post for those of you who are visiting via a blog reader.  Every banner links to our campaign’s site where you can see the other bloggers and track our progress.  I won’t be harping on your every day about this, but I’ll probably give short updates once a week besides my regular updates, of course.

$1 = a year of H2O

Our goal is $30,000 in 30 days.  But just to be safe, let’s get it done in less than 30 days.  Let’s get it done today!  I know I have some amazingly kind, gracious and generous readers who can make a big impact on this goal.  Every buck you pitch in provides water for a person for a year.  Wow.

Tell your friends

Whether you can give or not, you can help these people.  It’s pretty likely that not all of your friends read this blog.  So please spread the word with your blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.

Please don’t make promise something silly like shaving my head or kissing a pig or hugging Fred Phelps if we make our goal.  Let’s just make it happen.  Don’t take one more drink of coffee, wash your hands, water your flowers, or take a shower before you help someone else do the same.  Click the banner below to check out the other bloggers, see videos, and make a contribution.  Oh, and if you chip in a few bucks, or link to me on you blog, Twitter or Facebook, be sure to leave a comment here, so we can get that whole peer pressure thing going!  (And so I can thank you.)


15 responses to Big Announcement: Water!

  1. Great idea and let me talk with my wife about contributing.

    Reading this post helps me understand how much of a complainer I am. “Who used all the hot water again?” “Oh must be nice to at least have water to take a shower.”

  2. I’ll Tweet, Like it and run a blog on Friday for you.

  3. I’m so in. Wish I had time to comment on everyone’s. Thanks, Matt, for doing this. You’re standing among giants here. Oh, and Katdish.

  4. I’m in too! This is amazing! I’ll blog about it this week.

  5. 30 bloggers, 30 days, just chipped in $30 toward the goal of $30,000. What an awesome project!

  6. Great idea. I love this organization and what they do. Thanks Matt.

  7. I’m in! I’m really excited you’re doing this. The mission board I work for just started water purification projects in the mountains of Honduras. Then I heard @EstherHavens speak at a recent conference about her organzation’s work in Africa. These events gives me hope we are trying to make unsafe water, a distant memory in our world. Thanks so much Matt!

  8. Oh my goodness, now that I look at the photos, I think those are Esther Havens. How cool!

  9. Yay! Love this organization and what they’ve been able to accomplish so far.

  10. Thanks for your passion and for passing this along! Donated and put a button on my blog. Hope $30,000 comes quickly (and then doubles!)

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    […] Big Announcement: Water! by Matt (The Church of No People). Matt always writes insightful, humorous pieces about church and Christianity, but this one is all about helping a great cause in providing water to the poorest of poor. He and 29 other bloggers are trying to raise $30,000 so go check it out! […]