At Thirst Project, we are never afraid to be ambitious, and our new plan for Swaziland proves just how ambitious we are. In just a decade, we hope to give every man, woman and child in Swaziland access to a clean water source– but it won’t be easy! Seth recently spoke with environmental site Mother Nature Network about the specific plans for Swaziland and how the idea came together.
Why Swaziland? The African nation has the highest reported rate of HIV/AIDS, and 40% of the population can’t reach clean water. Because HIV/AIDS lowers the body’s ability to fight off disease, water-bourne diseases kill faster and more often than countries with lower rates of HIV/AIDS. Also, Seth says that there is a “transparency” in the negotiations with the Swazi government and they are on board.
Where is the $50 Million coming from? Seth is targeting multiple groups. He’s reaching out to standard sources such as financial institutions, corporations and independent philanthropists. Then there’s the entertainment world with Thirst’s many celebrity supporters. But most of the effort and heart from the project will come from students and church or other faith-based entities. We’re relying on you!
How could this plan possibly work? The plan was cooked up by a group of experts who figured out how to fund the project and implement it, and the number they came up with was $50 million to bring Swaziland clean water. More importantly, Seth says that “we have a small group of donors that fund the operation so that when you donate, you know the money goes to building wells.”
So I can help? We’re hoping that you will! Go to the top of the page and hit the pink “Donate” button. Any amount will help us towards this inspiring and ambitious goal.