I don’t stop to think about clean water all that often. Like many people, it's something I usually take for granted. I can turn on the faucet or shower at home, and out it comes. Sadly, this is not the case for millions of people around the world. In my travels with UNICEF I have seen the devastating impact that lack of safe water can have on children. In fact, thousands of them die every day simply because they can't access this precious resource. Others do not have the chance to go to school because they spend hours walking each day to gather water for their families.
The UNICEF Tap Project is a great opportunity for all of us to help change this reality. Funds raised this year will bring clean, safe drinking water to children in Vietnam, Togo, Mauritania, and Cameroon—countries where it's desperately needed. And, just a little goes a very long way. One dollar—less than the price of a cup of coffee—can provide a child with clean drinking water for 40 days. There are lots of ways to get involved. During World Water Week, March 19-25, you can donate $1 or more for the tap water you would usually drink for free at restaurants all across the United States. Visit www.uniceftapproject.org to locate participating restaurants near you and find out other ways to support the UNICEF Tap Project.