50-Day Challenge

Commit to a simple step of changing the world. It’s easy: for 50 days, simplify your life. Save at least $1 a day, and at the end of 50 days, donate your savings to provide clean water for the poorest communities in the world. Out of your overflow, pour into communities in need. It's that simple.

Simplify

Set aside something that isn’t necessary. Or even something that is. Give up coffee. Change your own oil. Host a yard sale. Grow your own food. Walk or bike more. Get creative, and make sacrifices.

Give

100% of all proceeds donated for the 50-Day Challenge will support constructing wells and rainwater catchment systems and providing basic sanitation and hygiene resources through our partnership with World Concern.

Change

Engage locally and globally. Change starts with the way you live, and when you change, so can your community. Through this project lives around the world will be transformed by clean, safe water.

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Why Water?

Clean water is fundamental for human life and a foundation for community improvement, including health, education, and economic development. Without clean water, a community cannot develop. But with it, people have a real chance to fulfill their potential. Clean water can change everything.

Washing hands in clean water.

Water is more than H2O

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions help close the cycle of disease in a community. Inability to access clean water makes even the simple act of washing your hands an impossible task. Nearly 90% of all diseases are caused by poor hygiene, inadequate sanitation, and unsafe drinking water.
Living Water International
Photo credit: World Concern

Kenyan children collecting water from a traditional source.

Water is Life

The United Nations Development Program says clean water is among the most powerful preventive ways to reduce child mortality. The availability of clean water in a rural village reduces infant mortality by 35 to 50 percent, at a cost of roughly $10 per person per year.
World Health Organization
Photo credit: World Concern

Women filling water containers from a well.

Access is Everything

Research in Uganda found households spending on average 660 hours a year collecting water. This represents two full months of labor, with attendant opportunity costs for education, income generation, and female leisure time.
United Nations Development Program, 2006
Photo credit: World Concern

Resources

Ideas for how to simplify

Need help taking the first step of the 50-Day Challenge? Here are several ways you can simplify your life.

Book suggestions

Want to further your inspiration or discuss with a group? Consider reading one of these informative books on your own or with your friends!

Film suggestions

Want to learn more? Watch one of these thought-provoking and inspiring films. Invite your community to join you!

Community event ideas

Want to engage your community in the 50-Day Challenge and help others to move towards lasting change? Host one or more of these events!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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