This campaign closed on Dec 31, 2015 This campaign closed on Dec 31, 2015 and $7,643 is hard at work in Mozambique.

Adriana Mancini

Know you are NOT alone

Adriana Mancini

Know you are NOT alone

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Hello everyone! It’s that time of year again. On September 24th, I turn 17. I am so grateful that you’ve contributed to my past birthday campaigns. My birthday wish is very simple: WATER. Last year, the number of people in the world that didn't have clean water was 748 million people. Now, that number has been reduced to 663 million. Each of you made that happen. How amazing is that!!!

2015 was a bittersweet, yet amazing year. Three weeks after my birthday, I found out I was going to begin treatments for my immunodeficiency disorder. I wasn't thrilled about having to get infused every week. But then, I realized that I was able to have an option. While it’s still difficult for me to go through it every week, I visualize millions of children walking for miles to collect dirty water, especially young girls that have to give up their education. So, how dare I complain? While I am sick, I am grateful to have access to clean water. I know that if I was born into the same living conditions as the people I fundraise for, I would be dead. I wouldn’t be able to drink the water there because it’s contaminated, so I, along with 4,100 children, would literally die of thirst. That’s why I feel that the expression “dying of thirst” is inappropriate for us to use as a casual phrase.

I used to feel sorry for myself that I couldn't have a more grandiose campaign like some other fundraisers have where they jump out of a plane or join a polar bear club if their donation campaign goals are met. I can’t feel that way anymore knowing what these children go through on a daily basis. I feel that the most grandiose gesture I made in this world so far was being born two months early and being a September baby. If you are born in September, charity: water makes your campaign 90 days and all donations are doubled! I dream of the day when children can carry backpacks full of books instead of jerrycans filled with contaminated water. I learned at my age of sixteen that my life isn’t only about me, but also the people across the globe who need our help.

I pledge to the 663 million people that they are NOT alone, because every person and soul matters. For my campaign this year, I ask you to donate any multiple of 17. Whether it is $17 or $170 or whatever amount you can give, please know that every penny of the money raised will directly fund clean water projects in developing countries. Even better, charity: water will show us exactly which projects we funded once they've been fully completed (which takes about 18 months). This means that we will know the locations and names of the communities we helped. Help me reach my goal. Please donate to my birthday campaign! Together, we can change the lives of 663 million people on the planet that need our help.

Love and Prayers,
Adriana Mancini

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”
-Blessed Mother Teresa

$7,643

  • 254 people will get clean water
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$5,100

This campaign closed on Dec 31, 2015 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:
Columna Inc$500
Jacquie and David Mancini$223x2
George Yarko and Mary Jo Bryant$200
Mom & Dad$200
David Sampedro$200

This year, we’re rallying a community of bold, creative, quirky and passionate world-changers to bring clean water to 50,000 people in need. You can help.

100 percent

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

Hello everyone! It’s that time of year again. On September 24th, I turn 17. I am so grateful that you’ve contributed to my past birthday campaigns. My birthday wish is very simple: WATER. Last year, the number of people in the world that didn't have clean water was 748 million people. Now, that number has been reduced to 663 million. Each of you made that happen. How amazing is that!!!

2015 was a bittersweet, yet amazing year. Three weeks after my birthday, I found out I was going to begin treatments for my immunodeficiency disorder. I wasn't thrilled about having to get infused every week. But then, I realized that I was able to have an option. While it’s still difficult for me to go through it every week, I visualize millions of children walking for miles to collect dirty water, especially young girls that have to give up their education. So, how dare I complain? While I am sick, I am grateful to have access to clean water. I know that if I was born into the same living conditions as the people I fundraise for, I would be dead. I wouldn’t be able to drink the water there because it’s contaminated, so I, along with 4,100 children, would literally die of thirst. That’s why I feel that the expression “dying of thirst” is inappropriate for us to use as a casual phrase.

I used to feel sorry for myself that I couldn't have a more grandiose campaign like some other fundraisers have where they jump out of a plane or join a polar bear club if their donation campaign goals are met. I can’t feel that way anymore knowing what these children go through on a daily basis. I feel that the most grandiose gesture I made in this world so far was being born two months early and being a September baby. If you are born in September, charity: water makes your campaign 90 days and all donations are doubled! I dream of the day when children can carry backpacks full of books instead of jerrycans filled with contaminated water. I learned at my age of sixteen that my life isn’t only about me, but also the people across the globe who need our help.

I pledge to the 663 million people that they are NOT alone, because every person and soul matters. For my campaign this year, I ask you to donate any multiple of 17. Whether it is $17 or $170 or whatever amount you can give, please know that every penny of the money raised will directly fund clean water projects in developing countries. Even better, charity: water will show us exactly which projects we funded once they've been fully completed (which takes about 18 months). This means that we will know the locations and names of the communities we helped. Help me reach my goal. Please donate to my birthday campaign! Together, we can change the lives of 663 million people on the planet that need our help.

Love and Prayers,
Adriana Mancini

“One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”
-Blessed Mother Teresa

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Updates and Comments

  • Harry Asadourian donated $100 - over 1 year ago

    Merry Christmas Adriana! You continue to amaze and inspire me. Love you so much. Uncle Harry

  • The Furtado Family donated $40 - over 1 year ago

    Merry Christmas Adriana. We are so proud of your efforts.

  • Mom & Dad donated $200 - over 1 year ago

    Merry Christmas! We adore the kindness in your heart you have toward others. We know you will continue giving your efforts to help those in need.

  • J
    Jaclyn Mullen donated $75 - over 1 year ago

    Merry Christmas Beji! You are an incredible young woman to share your birthdays and holidays to help others. I love you very much!

  • L
    Lisa Anne Hugasian donated $108 - over 1 year ago

    Merry Christmas Adriana! God Love You and so do I...

  • I
    Inspired donated $30 - over 1 year ago

    I learned you are asking for donations instead of Christmas gifts this year. WOW!

  • Adriana Mancini
    Adriana Mancini over 1 year ago

    Thankful for YOU and your generosity! I feel so blessed and grateful for your contribution towards my campaign! It has been placed on my heart to share my Christmas with my brothers and sisters in need of clean water! Tomorrow, I will honor each and every one of you at my table.

  • Glenn Prince
    Glenn Prince donated $40 - over 1 year ago

    thanks, you are an inspiration!

  • Adriana Mancini
    Adriana Mancini donated $51 - over 1 year ago

    TO the ladies at Panera this is for you! I can't wait to see you again and share the gift of water with you!

  • L
    Miss Louise donated $25 - over 1 year ago

    You are my special girl! All of your hard work is appreciated! Love you!

This year, we’re rallying a community of bold, creative, quirky and passionate world-changers to bring clean water to 50,000 people in need. You can help.

100 percent

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