Clean Water Saves Lives | {Atlanta Wedding Photographer Gives Back}

For years, my drink of choice has always been water. Some enjoy wine while others can't live without their coffee. Given the choice I'll take a tall glass of H2O every day of the week. After learning from Thirst Relief  the statiics are staggering of how many people (mostly children) who don't have access to clean drinking water.

"In this day and age, the statistics are seemingly unbelievable. 1.1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water, and nearly 2.5 million people die each year due to waterborne-related disease (90% of which are children under the age of 5). As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a worldwide water crisis among the world’s poorest people. Further, the UN has declared 2005-2015 Water for Life: The International Decade for Action.

Every week, due to easily preventable causes, diarrheal disease claims the lives of 30,000 people, most of them young children. This is a silent humanitarian crisis that thwarts progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs). The consequences of our collective failure to tackle this problem are the dimmed prospects for the billions of people locked in a cycle of poverty and disease."

After seeing the pain and sickness first hand that comes with children, mothers, babies and even their fathers having to live without  clean water to drink I felt compelled to take action. It's to easy to take for granted that we live in a country where the water runs clean out of nearly ever spicket we find. It may be true that not all water tastes the same but it doesn't harbor the bacteria that would cause us to become ill, our stomachs to cramp and us to be stricken by agonizing pain. 

Clean water isn't only necessary to drink to stay healthy but it's also vital when water is your only option to clean a fresh wound. When families don't have access to clean water simple rashes and sores can easily become inflamed with infection like this poor little one below. 

A year ago I made a commitment to give back. From each wedding I shot in the past year a portion of the proceeds would go to Thirst Relief and provide clean water and save lives. For every $5 a life was changed forever. Think about it.. $5. Many of us enjoy our daily Latte or favorite sweet treat for about $5 and don't blink twice. Going without one of those just once a week... you could save 52 lives this year! 

I challenge you to take a stand and make a difference- tell your friends. Let's help bring more of these projects to completion.. saving more lives. You can view projects and contribute to providing clean water for more children and their families by clicking here.

If you'd like to view a short movie on Thirst Relief click here.

 

I'm really excited to share that with the contribution I was able to make thanks to all the wonderful weddings of 2012 the India Well Project has been fully funded and will now become a reality!

I would absolutely love for the Uganda Filter Project to be next!

It's a blessing to have the honor of documenting such amazing stories of love but I find it even more inspiring that the stories are helping to make a global impact for good. So thank you to all the 2012 couples- your stories weren't only unique and beautiful but they changed lives forever!

In 2013 a portion of each wedding will be contributed to help bring an end to Slavery. (enditmovement.com) More specifically Sex Trafficking of women and young girls.

In 2013 I will be carrying a refillable water bottle with me while I'm away from my home. Each time that I would have purchased a bottle of water I'll contribute back to Thirst Relief supplying clean water for someone who would otherwise go without having clean water to drink. {Who will Join Me?}