Living in Hawaii, it’s easy to take for granted just how precious our drinking water really is. Afterall, most of us (including myself) drink it straight from the tap without giving it much thought about where it comes from, how much there is, and so on. So it was a bit sobering to get a message on Facebook from my friend Jason Suapaia who is involved in an extraordinary effort called Tap Project Hawaii, an initiative to provide clean drinking water to children around the world.
As a relatively new parent to the most awesome 21-month old son, I’m glad to support Jason and World Water Day on March 22 for the following reasons noted on the Tap Project Hawaii website:
- Nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to clean water.
- More than 4,200 children die every day of water-related diseases.
- Waterborne illness is the second largest killer of children under five.
- For every dollar raised, a child will have clean drinking water for 40 days.
Like many initiatives that are making this world a better place to live, the Tap Project was simple concept born in New York City in 2007. As the website states notes “restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.”
Since then, the Tap Project as grown from 300 New York City restaurants in 2007 to more than 2,300 across the country in 2008. Through the good hearts of people like Jason, the cause has now found a home in Hawaii.
So come on Hawaii and show your support! We saw what happened when we came together for Hawaii Twestival and raised more than $7,000 for charity:water. Let’s show our Aloha for Tap Project Hawaii and make a difference in the lives of children that need help!