The Wife and I were looking at Christmas gifts the other day. But we’re starting to get tired of either looking for a gift that we probably wouldn’t like ourself to give to someone we hardly ever see; a gift that they’ll probably not appreciate or end up re-gifting anyhow. You know what I’m talking about, right?

Then The Wife tells me about a $20 bottle of water she read about. We could spend $20 for a bottle of water and the $$ would go to building or rebuilding wells for villages in Africa. I was a little skeptical at first, but after we sat down and found it online, and spent a little bit of time reading and watching some videos…I was sold on the idea.

Right now, 1.1 BILLION people in the world, mostly in developing nations, do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. And we’ve found that this is a way we can contribute a little bit to the plight. Here is some text from the website:

Charity: Water is currently funding the construction of more than 268 wells in 8 African countries that range from $3,500 to $12,000. Also included are training programs where our partners teach well maintenance, basic hygiene and sanitation to maximize lifespan and impact of the new water sources.

100 percent of your donation will directly fund our projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, Central African Republic, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Liberia.

Make sure you visit Charity: water, watch their “Why Water?” video, and if you have time, spend a couple of minutes learning a little more about the project.

And if this is something you connect with, then buy a bottle or two. Gift a family member or friend with it. I know, it’s not the traditional Christmas gift. And you may get a puzzled look or two about it. But I guarantee it will be used unlike most traditionl Christmas gifts.

[Also, here’s a great interview with Scott Harrison, the founder of Charity: water. It talks of how it got started, the why’s behind it, and the tools used.]