March 20 -26, 2011 marks World Water Week, and during this time you can help millions of children around the world who lack access to clean water.
During this week, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (United Nations’ International Children’s Emergency Fund) is launching its annual Tap Project.
How Does The Tap Project Work?
Across the United States, restaurants will encourage patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free. Just click here to get the list of participating restaurants. That’s it! Very simple, right?
There will be over 1,000 participating restaurants, 5,000 volunteers and 500 local events and activities, as the UNICEF Tap Project will encourage celebrities, restaurants, volunteers and corporation’s to support UNICEF’s efforts to provide children with access to safe, clean water. Funds raised will aid UNICEF’s water and sanitation programs in Togo, the Central African Republic and Vietnam.
Clean Water Means Life For Many Of The World’s Children
“Every day, many of us enjoy the gift of easy access to safe, clean water,” said President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern. “However much we take this for granted we must remember that for many communities water sources are unclean and soap is often not available. In these situations, disease spreads rapidly, with fatal consequences, killing millions of children a year. It may seem too simple, but clean water means life for many of the world’s children.”
Since its inception in 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised nearly $2.5 million in the U.S. and has helped to provide clean water for millions of children globally.
Thanks To UNICEF, Over A Billion People Have Clean Drinking Water
Over the past 16 years more than a billion people have gained access to improved drinking water and sanitation facilities thanks to the efforts of UNICEF and its partners.
So what are you waiting for? Check at that list of participating restaurants and make your contribution to World Water Week!
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