Swords into Plowshares, the blog of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations posted the following blog on how to support access to clean drinking water through the UNICEF Tap Project.
Give the gift of water
The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide campaign that provides the world’s children access to safe, clean water. During World Water Week, March 20-26, 2011, restaurants across the United States will encourage patrons to give $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free. In tandem, UNICEF Tap Project Volunteerswill be supporting their efforts by conducting local fundraising events and activities. Thousands of restaurants, dining patrons, students and volunteers, along with corporate, community, celebrity and governments supporters have made the UNICEF Tap Project a powerful national movement.
How to get involved?
- Find a participating restaurant. Dine there during World Water Week – March 20-26, 2011 and give $1 for the tap water you would normally receive for free.
- Encourage your favorite restaurant to participate.
With $1, UNICEF can provide one child with access to safe, clean water for 40 days. All funds raised support UNICEF's efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.
Why clean water?
- Nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to safe, clean water – and nearly half of those people are children.
- Waterborne illnesses are the second highest cause of preventable childhood deaths in the world.
UNICEF Tap Project's global impact
In 2010, the UNICEF Tap Project raised over $1 million to help fund water and sanitation programs for children in Central African Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Togo and Vietnam.
Since 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised $2.5 million for water and sanitation programs for children in Belize, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Togo and Vietnam.