Look. I want India needs your help. I’m asking you, tumblr-or/blog subscriber/Google Reader follower, to be a part of making something big happen.
Today is World Water Day. Yep, I think it’s a good idea that we celebrate access to the life giving liquid too. To celebrate, I’m joining over 100 other bloggers of all shapes, sizes, and followings (though mostly mommies) to ask my readers to give to a worthy cause. Let me explain…
Several months ago I met a rockstar. Her name is Becky Straw and she was just starting The Adventure Project. Now Becky is particularly cool because she has a heart for others and knows how to put that heart into action adventure. She joined forces with another force, Jody Landers, and today I am telling you all this because you need to know that I have full faith in the endeavors of these two.
I write today because there is a chance to help women in India acquire the skills they need to be superheros. “Superheros?” you ask. Yep, that’s right. There are broken wells in India that need fixing and we have the opportunity to see those taps turned back on. There’s an organization called WaterAid that’s set up a handpump mechanics business and is training women to fix broken handpumps. The Adventure Project wants to see their well repairs increased by 50%. If we can raise $10,000 today we’ll make a huge dent in that goal. What’s more is that if we meet the $10,000 goal in 24 hours the generous and generally rad Prem Rawat Foundation will match it dollar for dollar. $20,000 by my math.
So what are you waiting for? Give now while there’s still time to celebrate World Water Day!
*There are nearly 150 bloggers asking their readers to give today. That means if each blogger can get 5 readers to give $20 we can blow past our $10,000 goal and raise $15,000 ($25,000 total with the matching of the first ten.
“I definitely spend way more time reading tweets than writing tweets. The first thing I do in the morning when I’m waking up is, I reach over and grab my iPhone and I just start scanning through tweets. What it does for me — I know right away that if something big is going on, in the world or in my area, someone will have tweeted about it. If nothing big is going on, at the very least I’m being reminded that people are up and doing things. For me, looking at tweets first thing in the morning is kind of like caffeine. It sort of makes me realize other co-workers are up, getting coffee, driving to work, etc. I better get out of bed. All through the day, I’m checking Twitter and seeing what people are saying about certain things. I’m clicking on the trends and the sidebar to figure out why this particular celebrity or phrase is in the trends right now. And then I’m tweeting maybe once a day, maybe every couple of days. I’m an infrequent tweeter. I’m more of a consumer of the information that’s coursing through the system.”—Biz Stone, NPR interview
“Still, why does it matter what some politicians and think tanks say? The answer is that there’s a well-developed right-wing media infrastructure in place to catapult the propaganda, as former President George W. Bush put it, to rapidly disseminate bogus analysis to a wide audience where it becomes part of what “everyone knows.” ”—Paul Krugman in "The Humbug Express" on 12/24/2010
“…the only way to balance the budget by 2020, while simultaneously (a) making the Bush tax cuts permanent and (b) protecting all the programs Republicans say they won’t cut, is to completely abolish the rest of the federal government: “No more national parks, no more Small Business Administration loans, no more export subsidies, no more N.I.H. No more Medicaid (one-third of its budget pays for long-term care for our parents and others with disabilities). No more child health or child nutrition programs. No more highway construction. No more homeland security. Oh, and no more Congress.”—Howard Gleckman of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Paul Krugman’s Friday OpEd (9/24/10)