Most of us will go through our day not worrying about where our next drink of water will come from – it’s a resource we often take for granted. But for nearly one billion people worldwide, accessing clean water is a daily struggle. Sweet Water Wells was created with one goal in mind: providing clean drinking water for children and communities without it. Just one well can provide a community of 250 people with clean water, renewing their chance at health, education, and a better life.
- 1 person out of every 8 is without clean drinking water
- Each year, over 3.5 million people die from diseases related to unsafe water and poor sanitation
- Women and children walk for hours each day to collect polluted water, making school and work attendance nearly impossible; diminishing their hope of conquering poverty
- $20 can give one person clean drinking water for 20 years
Access to clean drinking water is a growing problem worldwide – we invite you to be a part of the solution.
One really fun way to be part of the solution is to attend The Urban Barn Dance, put on by Evangeline International! September 18, 2010; 7p.m.-11p.m. at the Depot Market Square.
Evangeline International is a non-profit organization dedicated to implementing sustainable solutions for impoverished children and their communities throughout the world to enable them to reach their full measure of success. Their goal is to keep their overhead low, covering costs with private and corporate donors, in order to ensure that 100% of your donations go straight to helping children and communities in impoverished areas. Their operational fees are covered, so that your generous gifts can cover what’s important – getting the help to those that need it the most. 100% of all donations: just think of what we can do together.
The Urban Barn Dance is a family-friendly event open to the whole community, with live music from Deadwood Revival (amazing band!), local food (BBQ & Ethiopian vendors), beer & wine (donated by Boundary Bay Brewery & Mannina Cellars!) and several opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people without clean drinking water!
At the Urban Barn Dance, you’ll see the “Water Wall” which is a display of 250 bottled waters with $20 pricetags. Evangeline International is asking people at the event to help empty the Wall by buying at least one bottled water from the Water Wall for $20 (which, ultimately, is a donation to the Sweet Wells project).
The bottled water itself is a symbol of the gift you are giving to a person without clean drinking water halfway across the globe. 1 bottle = 1 person with clean drinking water for 20 years! Angi Soulier, founder of Evangeline International, believes that the solution to the World Water Crisis is attainable. $20 can give someone clean drinking water for 20 years! Isn’t that amazing?! This is based on the average well costing $5,000 and serving a community of 250 (250/5000 = 20).
“For many people in developing nations- especially women & children, fetching their daily water consumes a good part of their day,” says Angie Soulier. “The average distance women & girls in Africa walk is 3.5 miles carrying 44 lbs of water. Can you imagine? I tried it, and I am no sissy. I seriously could only carry a jerry can full of water a few feet (without whining kicking in!). Come to the Barn Dance and do our “Water Walk” (carrying a full “jerry can” 25 ft), and our Sponsors will make a combined donation to a freshwater well project!”