I’m Turning 22. Let’s Give 22 People Access to Clean Drinking Water with Charity:Water


Clean, plentiful, running water is one of the greatest and most underrated human technologies. 

Clean water hydrates our children, boils our food, sustains our livestock, washes our clothes, and provides the basic substrate for delicious, delicious coffee.

More importantly, with plentiful clean water, we don’t have to spend our precious time suffering from dehydration or sickness (dysentery – gross!), fighting with other humans about water rights, or toting potable water for hours a day from miles away.

Yet a lot of people don’t have access to clean water.According to Charity:Water, about 1 in 10 people lack access to water from improved drinking sources. 

And without clean water, all of these wonderful human beings can hardly have the time and peace and wellbeing to enjoy the other things which make human life in the 21st century so bright. They can hardly build amazing technologies. They can hardly get free from brutal rulers and bureaucrats. They can hardly build more peaceful and creative societies if they’re struggling just to get water for their kids every day.

It’s wasted human potential. And one of the things that annoys me most in the world is wasted human potential. That’s why dirty water is on my kill list.

So, if you like my writing and want to help me do something about wasted human potential, here’s your chance.

I’m turning 22 years old this week, so I figure: why not raise enough money for Charity:Water to give clean water to 22 people? That’s $800. I’m just curious enough to try to do something like this to see if it’s possible. And I’m frankly just egocentric enough to ask you to help me do it for my 22nd birthday.

Charity:Water is a solid organization, from all I’ve heard. 100% of your donation will go toward water improvements, since Charity:Water’s expenses are covered by private donors.

I’ve already donated $100, and I’ll give another $100 in a separate donation to Charity:Water if we can raise $800. So all you have to do is come in and partner with me in raising the other $700 for this campaign.

You can donate here.

Here’s something I’m copy/pasting over from Charity: Water:

“Many of us have no idea what it’s like to be thirsty. We have plenty of water to drink — even the water in our toilets is clean!

But many people around the world don’t have that luxury. Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world. . . 

100% of the money will be used to build clean water projects, and when they’re complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped.”

OK, James here again. The nonprofit did a nice job here of selling this – probably even better than me.

But if that’s not enough, here are some rewards you’ll get if you decide to back this.

  • If you donate $50 or more, I’ll send you any one of the books listed on my New Startup Employee Reading List – also valuable for non-startup employees – or my Fiction Reading Recommendations (uh uh uh – if it’s a trilogy or series, you’re just getting the first installment, kid).
    • If we keep this fundraiser going past $800, this will continue to be available!
  • If you donate $100 or more (up to 8 available), I’ll buy you coffee (if you’re in Atlanta) or have a 30-minute video call with you. Want to talk about bitcoin? Great! Want to tell me how to write gooder? YES. Want to give me an earful on a blog post I’ve written? Let’s make it happen
  • If you donate $400 or more (up to 1 available), you’ll be invited as guest of honor to my birthday celebration dance party here in Atlanta. I hope you like 80’s music. I’ll cover your cover charge, I’ll buy you a drink, and I’ll give you a pair of (cheap) groovy dancing sunglasses. (Limited to people I know + like, sorry Internet strangers + rich jerks)
  • If you donate $1,000,000 or more, thanks Mr. Warren Buffett. I’ll have my people call your people.

Let’s do it!

You can donate here.

If you donate and want to claim a “reward,” forward your donation confirmation email to me at james@jameswalpole.com.

*By the measure of access to an “improved water source”.


James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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