Almost 1 Billion on our planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water and proper sanitization. That’s one in every eight of us. 4,400 children die every day from diseases caused by contaminated water. That’s huge. That’s approximately one child every 15 seconds. 80% of all global diseases are water-borne and result from drinking contaminated water. These diseases kill more than 2.2 million people every year. (x)
How did you first get involved with this cause?
Seth Maxwell, who developed Thirst Project, is an incredibly charismatic and energetic person — infectiously so — in the sense that he is so passionate about raising awareness about the need for water in Africa. He has done tremendous work on college campuses, working with students to make the awareness come through the younger generation, which is extraordinarily important. I met Seth when he was just starting everything, and my husband and I loved the cause, plus Seth has such a huge heart for Africa and the dire needs of 1.1 billion people who don’t have access to clean water. I don’t think people understand the statistics of just how many people that is. My husband and I have funded several wells, and when I see pictures of child drinking from those wells, I start crying. How simple a thing that is, clean water — and we take it for granted. (x)
Chyler and Nathan have donated 15,000 dollars to build a well in Swaziland, Africa (x
How to donate?
Chyler Leigh has always been passionate about The Thirst Project. The Thirst Project is an amazing cause. As a Chyler fan I’m hoping we all can band together and donate money in honor of Chyler Leigh. The deadline for donations is on June 22. You can donate by clicking the donation button below. In order to keep track of the donations I’ll make the grand deposit to donation through the Thirst Project on June 23.
However, if you plan on donating more than $20 and would like a receipt for Tax Purposes, please donate the through the Thirst Project site with a note Donation to Thirst Project in the name of Chyler Leigh, from her fans at chyler-leigh.org
If you donate through the Thirst Project site please shoot me an email to chylernetwork[at]gmail.com with your name and amount (also please include a print screen of the paypal payment receipt) so I can add it to the list of donors and add it the current amount of donations we have. I’ll be also sending the list to Thirst Project, so I’d like to include your name on it too!
Last year (2012) we raised $710 in Chyler’s name from the fans. Also, they funded a well in the name of the people that donated, you can watch the video here. Let’s try to raise more this year!