I got this email from an organization today that got me thinking...and I just might try it! Even if we only do it for a few days or weeks, it's possible to make a difference! I'll copy most of the message here, with a note from me at the bottom.
We have the gift of choice: Freedom to choose on any given day what clothes we will wear, what work we will do, what food we will eat and what we will drink. In nearly a third of the world injustice threatens to take away these basic kinds of choices that we take for granted. In these places a woman can choose to drink the unclean river water or the unclean puddle water. She can choose to walk once for four hours to get water or walk twice for eight hours to get more water. She can choose to give her children something to drink that she knows may make them sick or she can give them nothing at all. She can persist or give up. You can help give her a real choice.
Help save money to help bring clean water to African communities by making a simple sacrifice: drinking water. For forty days, something so seemingly small and insignificant like making water your only beverage can make huge, significant changes in the lives of those who live without what we rely upon everyday.
Make water your ONLY beverage for 40 DAYS starting MARCH 1 and ending APRIL 9. Gather your friends and join in solidarity with our African brothers and sisters in an effort to provide clean water for communities in need. As you do so, we ask that you keep track of what money you would have typically spent on other drinks throughout the day and save that money. At the end of 40 days donate what you saved to Blood:Water. Imagine, if you saved $5 a day just by cutting out a visit to your local bar or barista, then you’d save $200 in 40 days. That’s enough to provide clean water for 200 people for an entire year!
So ditch the morning coffee and o.j., leave out the lunchtime soda, and cancel the evening beverage. You won’t need an ark for this 40 Days of Water, but you will need a little self-discipline. But we know you can do it, because you know who you’re doing it for. Make the choice. Visit bloodwatermission.com/40days to get started. There you will find further instructions and downloadable resources including a personal savings score card for you to print. We can't wait to hear your stories from your experiences and see the impact you can make.
*The site is worth checking out, but even if you don't want to donate money, you can participate to help yourself identify a little more. You can also donate the money you save to other aid organizations that you already support.