The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, is an organization that began in 1946 in order to assist women and children in receiving basic nutritional and humanitarian services.
There are a reported 768 million people worldwide who do not have enough water, according to UNICEF statistics. On a daily basis, 1,400 children lose their lives from diseases that are tied to a lack of clean water.
UNICEF’s presence can be seen in countries all over the globe, where the organization has helped to provide sterile water and sanitation services. The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide fundraising event held by the association with the goal of supplying children with this most basic of human needs.
The project has been in effect since 1990, and has provided water aid to billions of individuals.
This year the focus has gone digital, and the organization is asking people to take a moment of their time to disconnect from their smartphones. Pausing to take a break from being tied to phones for a small amount of time will provide 1 day of drinking water for a child.
Taking into account every 10 minutes the phone is not touched, project sponsors and donors can fund the supply for making a full day of drinking water possible. It works by sensing whether or not the phone is moving, so it actually can tell whether or not the smartphone is being used.
It’s hard to imagine that as little as 1 dollar can deliver up to 40 days of safe water, and 5 dollars can provide a child with sanitary drinking water for at least 200 days. Donations are also accepted year round. UNICEF guarantees that 90.4 cents of each dollar goes straight to the aid of children.
To take their 10 minute challenge, visit their app at uniceftapproject.org on a smartphone. Your total time will help UNICEF provide clean water and sanitation services to children in need around the world.
The campaign runs through the month of February, 2014, however the UNICEF Tap Project is thankfully an ongoing venture.
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