Chelsea Roff: The Power of Clean Water

Nearly 1 billion people in the world live without clean drinking water.

Can you imagine being thirsty and not being able to turn on the faucet to get a drink of water? Many people in the United States snub their noses at the chemically-treated tap water that comes out of our faucets — but can you imagine not even having that available? Having to walk miles just to fill a bucket with grimy water that’s been sitting in a pond?

According to charity:water, the availability of clean water affects everything — from education, to health, to poverty, and even gender equality. In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water, and usually women and children bear the burden of water collection duties. The walk for water puts women at greater risk of harassment and sexual assault and prevents children from being able to attend school.

A lack of clean drinking water also causes disease and waterborne illnesses,  which puts a massive burden on healthcare systems worldwide. Economically, investing just $1 in water supply and sanitation can yield an average $4-$12 for the local economy. So when a clean water project is started in a community, it creates a ripple effect. Water literally changes everything.

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A group of yogis in Los Angeles — led by Ali Owens and Jay Co — is working to bring their community together to raise funds for clean water projects in developing nations. This Saturday, September 15th they are hosting a live music event at The Central: Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The line-up features local acts Odd Us, Mind the Gap, Act As If, Y Luv, and Elevaters. All proceeds from the door will go directly to  Charity:Water, a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. A $20 donation is enough to provide someone clean water for 20 years!

You can purchase advance tickets to the event here.

If you’re not in LA, you can make a tax-deductible donation to support the cause here.

And a little preview of some of the bands performing Saturday night: