Clean Water: How Hiking and Downloading Can Help Those Without It

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on June 8, 2010 at 10:18 am

We take it for granted every single day: clean water.

It’s just there. You turn the tap on and the stuff just gushes out. But for many around the world, it’s a serious issue. According to Water For People — a global non-profit supporting long-lasting access to water and sanitation — 884 million people don’t have access to safe drinking water. 6000 of them die everyday from water-borne illnesses.

There are, however, people finding creative ways to lower those outrageous numbers. Matter Network posted about Steven Spydell and his son, Matt, who are hiking the entire length — all 2178 miles — of the Appalachian Trail and donating funds raised to Water For People. They started on April 5th. Their website, Hiking for Water, states a fundraising goal of $10,000, but as of this writing, they’ve already surpassed that and have received $10,500.

Tripbase is also in on the action. After compiling 500 tips from 200 of the best travel bloggers (including Rolf Potts, Peter Greenberg, Harriet Baskas, and Johnny Jet), they’ve released free downloadable Travel Secrets e-books. For every download, they are donating up to $1 (up to a max of $15,000) to Charity:Water, where they have so far raised $3325.

Perhaps the best part is, everyone can have a hand in helping them raise the money, not just by downloading the e-books, but by becoming a campaign ambassador. If you have a blog or website, you can add a badge (Tripbase supplies the code) where viewers of your site can download the e-books. Your contribution will be tracked.

[Image: jon gos / Flickr]

Tags: charity, clean water, donation, hiking, Tripbase

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