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James McDonald

James McDonalds 22nd Birthday

James McDonald

James McDonalds 22nd Birthday

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All of my birthdays have always been about stuff. Stuff I don't want, stuff I definitely don't need. And to be honest, I hardly even remember what I got last year.

So this year, I'm giving my birthday up.

I'm turning 22 years old and instead of asking for gifts, I'm asking for $500 or more from everyone I know. It's not going to me, though. All of it is going to build freshwater projects for people in developing countries.

Almost a billion people in the world are living without clean water -- but how much are they really living? Millions contract deadly diseases from contaminated water. 30,000 people will die this week alone. The lucky ones won't, but still have to walk hours each day to get dirty water for their families.

My birthday wish this year is not for more gifts I don't need; it's to give clean and safe drinking water to some of the billion people living without it. I want to make my birthday matter this year.

The best part: 100% of all donations go directly toward water projects. And about 18 months after this campaign ends, charity: water will show us where and how every dollar we raised ended up helping in the field. We'll see GPS coordinates, photos and more details about the communities we've impacted.

Please join me.

This campaign brought clean water to Madi HDW No. 22 - Kalyanpur II Community, Nepal.

$288Raised

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57%
$500.00

This campaign closed on May 21, 2012 and the money is being sent to the field. Still want to donate? You can give directly to charity: water.

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Top donors listed by:
Saverio Mondelli$100
Shaun Harrison$100
Lin Jackson$44
Daniel Vernon$22
James McDonald$22

This campaign brought clean water to Madi HDW No. 22 - Kalyanpur II Community, Nepal.

All of my birthdays have always been about stuff. Stuff I don't want, stuff I definitely don't need. And to be honest, I hardly even remember what I got last year.

So this year, I'm giving my birthday up.

I'm turning 22 years old and instead of asking for gifts, I'm asking for $500 or more from everyone I know. It's not going to me, though. All of it is going to build freshwater projects for people in developing countries.

Almost a billion people in the world are living without clean water -- but how much are they really living? Millions contract deadly diseases from contaminated water. 30,000 people will die this week alone. The lucky ones won't, but still have to walk hours each day to get dirty water for their families.

My birthday wish this year is not for more gifts I don't need; it's to give clean and safe drinking water to some of the billion people living without it. I want to make my birthday matter this year.

The best part: 100% of all donations go directly toward water projects. And about 18 months after this campaign ends, charity: water will show us where and how every dollar we raised ended up helping in the field. We'll see GPS coordinates, photos and more details about the communities we've impacted.

Please join me.

Learn about the water crisis

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Your donation will help change that.

Comments by donors

  • Daniel Vernon
    Daniel Vernon donated $22 - over 3 years ago

    Such a great cause.

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