Oklahoma City-based charity Water4 is inviting Facebook friends, Twitter and Instagram followers and Pinterest pinners to express their gratitude for the free-flowing water they are fortunate enough to enjoy by uploading personal photos and videos that express the answer to the question, “What Does Water Mean to You?”
For each photo submitted, a donor has pledged to make a contribution of $5 in the submitter's name to Water4. Further, anyone, including a submitter, who makes a $5 donation to Water4 during the contest, which will run until midnight on Dec. 31, will have their $5 donation matched by the same donor.
Water4 co-founders Richard and Terri Greenly and Grammy Award-winning gospel singer and Water4 supporter Sandi Patty will choose the best three photo submissions. The three photo contest winners will each receive the honor of having a well dug and a pump installed and named for their families. Also, each of the winners will receive four handcrafted fair-trade bracelets purchased from women in Delhi, India, to share with their family.
“Terri and I are thrilled to host this contest to raise awareness and support for Water4 and for the solution to the little-known, worst crisis of humanity — the lack of clean drinking water to the bottom billion in the world. For the first time in history, this solution to fixing the world's water crisis (4000+ child deaths per day) is within our grasp,” Richard Greenly, co-founder of Water4, said recently.
Patty said she is honored to co-host the contest.
“Water4 offers a simple and sustainable solution to the water crisis by not just getting clean water to people but by teaching them to get clean water to themselves. The holiday season gives us the chance to give back and show how grateful we are for the good fortune with which we have been graced, to do something to help those who haven't been as lucky as we.”
The Greenlys, co-owners of Pumps of Oklahoma, founded Water4 in 2008 with the mission to not only provide water to at-risk, impoverished areas but also, to teach and provide employment opportunities through their inexpensive pumps and drilling methods.
Since its inception, the charity has helped meet the needs of more than 100,000 people for reasonable access to clean drinking water in countries such as Haiti, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Rwanda.
For more information, go to www.water4.org.