Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Hungarian Biologist)

Around this time of year, folks are being asked to donate $25 or more to their favorite charity. That is not what this post is about. This post is about how $2 can change the world.

But first a story. As a child growing up in the foreign service, I lived in Honduras, Poland, and Brazil. In none of these countries did potable (drinking) water come from the tap. In Honduras, water had to be boiled first. In Poland, it had to be boiled (distilled, we had a distiller) and then filtered, to take out heavy metals such as cadmium that lived in the tap water. I was fortunate to live in situations where the water was treated, and I didn’t get sick.

But millions of children are without that luxury, the luxury of clean potable drinking water. So Pistachio (Laura Fitton on Twitter) has started a drive to raise $25,000 from now until her birthday, January  21.

And to join this effort, it’s pretty simple (from Laura’s blog):

  1. Sign up for tipjoy at: http://tipjoy.com/createaccount/platform/twitter/. You have the option to sign up using only your twitter credentials.
  2. Copy and paste this Tweet: p$2 @wellwishes to build wells and save children’s lives (via @tipjoy)
  3. Be sure you have funded your Tipjoy account. Start with as little as $5 and tip it to whomever you wish.

Direct: You can donate ANY amount via credit card or PayPal right at the Charity: Water site.

(The Charity: Water site just asks that your donation be $10 or above.)

I’m writing this quickly, because time is running out. So I hope you will forgive me if this sounds like an infomercial, and I hope you will join me in supporting clean water.


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