Sorry, we no longer support your browser. Please upgrade to a more modern browser.

Michelle Martin

The Epic Birthday Mission

Michelle Martin

The Epic Birthday Mission

Read Mission Statement

Greetings to my beautiful, intelligent, marvelous, breathtakingly splendid family and friends!

I would love to invite you all to participate in my EPIC BIRTHDAY MISSION! For my 25th birthday, which will be on September 26, I want to raise money to give 15 people a fundamental right--clean drinking water for life!

~ For your participation, I can offer you a myriad of mind-blowing benefits. ~

1) You won't need to come up with some obscure birthday present for me. I will EVEN make you exempt from wishing me "Happy Birthday" on Facebook!
2) You will buy yourself happiness! This is no gimmick, either. This is objective, peer-reviewed Truth. See this TED talk for more details: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_norton_how_to_buy_happiness.html
3) MOST IMPORTANTLY: Every penny of your money will directly fund clean water projects in India!

WHY INDIA?

Lack of sanitation. Nearly 65% of all open defecation in the world occurs in South Asia. The widespread lack of sanitation can lead to contaminated water, illness and disease.

Gender inequality. Women often bear the burden of collecting water. This prevents them from earning an income and sometimes keeps young girls out of school.

Exclusion and discrimination. The caste system is the world’s longest-surviving social heirarchy. A person’s caste is determined from birth and cannot be changed. The lowest members of society, known as Dalits, or “untouchables,” are often denied many basic rights including access to clean water.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

First: We raise money. How much? It's simple...if it feels too low, give more. If it feels too high, give less. Even $1 makes a dent, and I will be grateful for every penny that comes from your heart! :-D

Next: Every family receives the same high quality solution in their home.

Each family builds a latrine and bathing room near their home. Then the entire community joins together to construct a water tower in the center of the village. Once all the work is done, an organization called Gram Vikas comes in to drill a well and pipe water (with three taps!) to every household.

After the campaign, charity: water will show us EXACTLY which projects we funded once they've been fully completed (which takes about 18 months). That means YOU will know the exact locations and names of the communities we helped!

BOTTOM LINE: If we raise $300, we can give 15 people clean drinking water. Not too shabby, eh?

Even $1 will help. I'm grateful for YOUR help to make this the most epic birthday ever. :-)

$429Raised

  • 9 people will get clean water
  • 0 days left to donate
100%
$300.00

This campaign closed on Dec 31, 2013 and the money is being sent to the field. Still want to donate? You can give directly to charity: water.

Donate To charity: waterSee What Happens Next
Top donors listed by:
  • Megan Tomlin
    $50
  • Anonymous
    $45
  • Travis Walker
    $27
  • Kathryn Griffith
    $25
  • Al&Alice Irvine
    $25

Greetings to my beautiful, intelligent, marvelous, breathtakingly splendid family and friends!

I would love to invite you all to participate in my EPIC BIRTHDAY MISSION! For my 25th birthday, which will be on September 26, I want to raise money to give 15 people a fundamental right--clean drinking water for life!

~ For your participation, I can offer you a myriad of mind-blowing benefits. ~

1) You won't need to come up with some obscure birthday present for me. I will EVEN make you exempt from wishing me "Happy Birthday" on Facebook!
2) You will buy yourself happiness! This is no gimmick, either. This is objective, peer-reviewed Truth. See this TED talk for more details: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_norton_how_to_buy_happiness.html
3) MOST IMPORTANTLY: Every penny of your money will directly fund clean water projects in India!

WHY INDIA?

Lack of sanitation. Nearly 65% of all open defecation in the world occurs in South Asia. The widespread lack of sanitation can lead to contaminated water, illness and disease.

Gender inequality. Women often bear the burden of collecting water. This prevents them from earning an income and sometimes keeps young girls out of school.

Exclusion and discrimination. The caste system is the world’s longest-surviving social heirarchy. A person’s caste is determined from birth and cannot be changed. The lowest members of society, known as Dalits, or “untouchables,” are often denied many basic rights including access to clean water.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

First: We raise money. How much? It's simple...if it feels too low, give more. If it feels too high, give less. Even $1 makes a dent, and I will be grateful for every penny that comes from your heart! :-D

Next: Every family receives the same high quality solution in their home.

Each family builds a latrine and bathing room near their home. Then the entire community joins together to construct a water tower in the center of the village. Once all the work is done, an organization called Gram Vikas comes in to drill a well and pipe water (with three taps!) to every household.

After the campaign, charity: water will show us EXACTLY which projects we funded once they've been fully completed (which takes about 18 months). That means YOU will know the exact locations and names of the communities we helped!

BOTTOM LINE: If we raise $300, we can give 15 people clean drinking water. Not too shabby, eh?

Even $1 will help. I'm grateful for YOUR help to make this the most epic birthday ever. :-)

Learn about the water crisis in India

It's about dignity, justice, health and the future. It's about clean water for 100 communities in India. Your donation will help bring running water directly into the homes of families in Orissa.

Comments by donors

  • Travis Walker
    Travis Walker donated $27 - almost 2 years ago

    Great idea and initiative. I'm glad you chose to do this for your birthday. You know that you have so much. Then you're happy to go beyond yourself being of service for your birthday.

  • Connie Huynh
    Connie Huynh donated $10 - almost 2 years ago

    I <3 the way you think Michelle! Happy Birthday!

  • Kathleen Martin
    Kathleen Martin donated $10 - almost 2 years ago

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

  • Anonymous donated $10 - almost 2 years ago

    I'll probably still wish you a Facebook Happy Birthday.

  • Angi Belsly
    Angi Belsly donated $10 - almost 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday! Love this idea :)

  • Drew Turner
    Drew Turner donated $10 - almost 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday!

  • Philip, Sonya &amp; Ian Hubbard
    Philip, Sonya &amp; Ian Hubbard donated $10 - almost 2 years ago

    Happy birthday, Michelle! And congratulations for being the change you wish to see!

  • Anonymous donated $10 - almost 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday!

  • Lynn Cordin
    Lynn Cordin donated $10 - almost 2 years ago

    Found you through Mother Earth FB post. I just thought this was such an honorable cause. I only wish it could be more. Happy Birthday.

  • Gary Foresman
    Gary Foresman donated $20 - almost 2 years ago

    We all deserve clean water :)

100 percent

Private donors cover our operating cost so that 100% of all public donations can go directly to water project costs.