Meet 6-year-old Nora Jackson, who donated her hard-earned $8.15 to charity: water in order to bring clean water to people in need. The charity gets hundreds of letters per week, but they felt compelled to share this one, specifically.
“Dear charity: water,
I saw your video on my dad’s iPhone. I decided to give some of my money I have earned to give clean water to people who need clean water. I do not want people to die because of water.
Love, Nora Shauna Jackson, age six, first grade”
There are 663 million people on the planet who don’t have access to clean water. The majority of these people live in isolated rural areas and spend hours daily walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water they collect often carries diseases, causing sickness.
Therefore, clean water isn’t just about water. Access to clean water improves health, allows children to focus on school, can improve income, and ultimately, keeps people from dying.
Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. And today, on World Water Day, charity: water is jump-starting a campaign, asking people to follow Nora’s lead by donating only $8.15.
“I gave $8.15, because I wanted people to stop dying,” says Nora. “What if you gave $8.15 too?”