Today is Jada Pinkett Smith’s birthday and along with her husband Will Smith, she has joined Charity Water in celebrating both their September birthdays by asking friends and fans to make donations to help build water projects in developing nations. In the last two days they have raised over $19,000.
The Smiths are hosting a contest where the top three fundraisers who start their own birthday campaigns will join the Smith family on a trip to visit the completed water projects in Africa.
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“There are men, women and children who, right now, do not have clean water to drink,” said Smith.
100% of the money raised goes to digging wells and other clean water projects in developing nations.
Will Smith is celebrating his 42nd birthday on September 25th and is asking for donations of $42.00 to the Smiths’ birthday campaign at www.charitywater.org/willandjada.
Four years ago, charity: water was born in September with a birthday party, according to Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water. Since then, thousands of people from around the world are celebrating their birthdays using the online platform, mycharitywater.org to raise money to make an impact on the water crisis.
In four years, with the help of more than 100,000 donors worldwide, charity: water has funded more than 2,900 water projects in 17 countries, providing clean, safe drinking water for over 1.27 million people.
Almost a billion people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80 percent of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, and women and children bear the burden of water collection.