This campaign closed on Dec 31, 2014 Tariku Savage brought clean water to Bonakuy F2 Community.

Tariku Savage

Dirty Water No More

Tariku Savage

Dirty Water No More

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I used to drink dirty water every day when I lived in Africa. Help me change the world so others don't have to.

I was born in Ethiopia and spent the first four years of my life in Africa, helping to get dirty water out of a stagnant pond. It was the only water we had. My little brother died from diarrhea because of the water we were drinking. Nobody should have to drink dirty water. It made me so sick and I had all kinds of stomach parasites when I came to the United States. I love being able to work with charity:water to help bring clean water to people who don't have it. I really think that all the people in the world can have clean water in my lifetime. This year, I am hoping to help bring clean water to the Sahel Region in Africa. Please keep reading to find out why it's so important. I really hope you join me in this - it's so fun to help other people!

"During the hotter part of the year, the average temperature in the Sahel region of West Africa is more than 110 degrees.

For women here, not having access to clean water means hours of painful and exhausting work. Many of them walk miles each day just to reach the 100-year-old hole in the ground where they collect water. And they make that trip four or five times. Not only is that water contaminated and dirt-colored, but it has to be pulled up by hand, one bucket at a time.

The homemade rope burns their hands; it causes bleeding and leaves callouses — even scars. And sometimes the rope breaks, causing women to fall into the wells.

But we can change all of that!

We can bring solar powered pumps into communities and pipe water to tap stands right next to these women’s homes. We can bring time, energy and a better future to 100,000 people in Mali and Niger.

Help me play a small part in changing the lives of women in the Sahel -- donate to my campaign.

100% of everything we raise will directly fund water projects. And when those projects are finished, charity: water will send us proof in pictures and GPS coordinates, so we can see the actual people and communities we impacted."

This campaign brought clean water to Bonakuy F2 Community, Mali.

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Top donors listed by:
Church Community Builder$1,250
Ben & Amy Savage$1,000x2
Church Community Builder$625
Dianna Harris$335
Kendall & Erin Housewright$250x2

This September, we want to bring clean water to 100,000 people in The Sahel. Watch the trailer to find out why.

100 percent

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

This campaign brought clean water to Bonakuy F2 Community, Mali.

I used to drink dirty water every day when I lived in Africa. Help me change the world so others don't have to.

I was born in Ethiopia and spent the first four years of my life in Africa, helping to get dirty water out of a stagnant pond. It was the only water we had. My little brother died from diarrhea because of the water we were drinking. Nobody should have to drink dirty water. It made me so sick and I had all kinds of stomach parasites when I came to the United States. I love being able to work with charity:water to help bring clean water to people who don't have it. I really think that all the people in the world can have clean water in my lifetime. This year, I am hoping to help bring clean water to the Sahel Region in Africa. Please keep reading to find out why it's so important. I really hope you join me in this - it's so fun to help other people!

"During the hotter part of the year, the average temperature in the Sahel region of West Africa is more than 110 degrees.

For women here, not having access to clean water means hours of painful and exhausting work. Many of them walk miles each day just to reach the 100-year-old hole in the ground where they collect water. And they make that trip four or five times. Not only is that water contaminated and dirt-colored, but it has to be pulled up by hand, one bucket at a time.

The homemade rope burns their hands; it causes bleeding and leaves callouses — even scars. And sometimes the rope breaks, causing women to fall into the wells.

But we can change all of that!

We can bring solar powered pumps into communities and pipe water to tap stands right next to these women’s homes. We can bring time, energy and a better future to 100,000 people in Mali and Niger.

Help me play a small part in changing the lives of women in the Sahel -- donate to my campaign.

100% of everything we raise will directly fund water projects. And when those projects are finished, charity: water will send us proof in pictures and GPS coordinates, so we can see the actual people and communities we impacted."

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Updates and Comments

  • K
    Krista Powers donated $50 - about 2 years ago

    Here I am, well past your $10k goal - but thinking of you every day in this journey, Tariku. Tremendously proud of you...your family or origin and your family of love and community!

  • Kaitlyn Swist
    Kaitlyn Swist donated $9 - about 2 years ago

    It was so great meeting you today at the cw office! Can't wait to celebrate all of your hardwork on Monday!

  • D
    Dianna Harris donated $335 - over 2 years ago

    The teachers at Bear Creek Elementary are so happy to support Tariku and his amazing cause!

  • K
    Kerry McKiernan donated $90 - over 2 years ago

    God Bless!

  • B
    Brad Baughn donated $50 - over 2 years ago

    Go Tariku! From Nell, Brad, Asher, Calvin, and Evalina!

  • V
    Virginia Stewart donated $25 - over 2 years ago

    Love you T!

  • N
    Norah Dorsey donated $25 - over 2 years ago

    Proud of you, Tariku. Good luck with campaign.

  • S
    Suzanne Boys donated $50 - over 2 years ago

    We have so much love and respect for you, Tariku!

  • S
    Sherri Mullins donated $100 - over 2 years ago

    Such an awesome kid and great story!

  • A
    Amber Neuroth donated $50 - over 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday Tariku! We love you!

This September, we want to bring clean water to 100,000 people in The Sahel. Watch the trailer to find out why.

100 percent

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