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December Partner Spotlight: Kiwanis Gives Online and to the Thirst Project!

Sara Pinkowski

The Thirst Project is the world's largest youth program with the intent to raise awareness and money to end the global water crisis. The Thirst Project is a non profit organization that actively works with youth to bring safe and clean drinking water wells to communities. One of their main focuses is a small town called Swaziland, Africa. Through tremendous efforts they hope to bring clean water to the entire community by the end of 2022.

On average, women and children are forced to walk up to four miles one way to receive dirty drinking water and another four miles on the trip back. This task is something that lasts almost the entire day. As a result, less children can afford to get the basic education they deserve and women are unable to contribute financially to their household, leaving just their husbands low income job to sustain them.

Dirty water in small communities like Swaziland causes a multitude of issues. Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than AIDS, Malaria, and all world violence combined. Small children typically do not have strong enough immune systems to fight diseases like cholera, dysentery, or schistosomiasis. Even the bare act of collecting the dirty water can cause diseases through skin contact.

Once a community is provided with a clean water well, the disease rate drops 88% almost overnight. Child mortality rates in these communities drop by 90%. The clean water even helps a better control on spreading AIDS. Even if a person has the ability to contact medical attention, the dirty water consumption will kill them faster than the AIDS itself; clean water can change that!

Along with water borne disease, the act of carrying the 44 pound jerry can for almost 4 miles can cause tons of strain on the body. Women’s health issues have grown drastically from the act of collecting water everyday. They suffer from more spontaneous miscarriages and fatigue than regular women.

If you have any questions about their mission or the way clean water can help a developing community, visit their website:

Kiwanis International is now offering a secure, team-friendly platform that uses the power of email and social media to raise money for your service and fundraising projects. Kiwanis Gives Online will allow all of Kiwanis sponsored club members to ask friends and family for online donations, no matter where they live. This program is currently offered to Kiwanis sponsored clubs in the United States only.

This fundraising platform provides all donors a thank you gift: access to a private discount network, with savings of 15%, 35%, even 50% off at over 300,000 popular merchants—including local restaurants, retailers, big box stores, theme parks, hotels, auto service centers and more!

Your club leader must “activate” each fundraising event your club launches. Once this simple process is completed, your leader will receive an email from Kiwanis’ partner, Access Fundraising, that confirms the page is active and provides detailed login information.

Here are some tips: Review the fundraising page before it’s sent out to potential donors. Please check spelling and the appropriateness of any images and videos found on the page. Lastly, ask your club leader for final approval to launch your page. Once this is done, members can start the fundraiser by sending the page link to their family and friends.

If you have any questions, you can go to and click on FAQs for a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions.