Recording artist Jewel and her non-profit charity Project Clean Water have announced a partnership with the Voss Foundation (www.thevossfoundation.org) and Virgin Unite (www.virginunite.com), to launch the Give A Drop campaign. The program’s goal is to support water projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and its first venture will be the village of Pel in Dogon, Mali.
“I’m very excited that Project Clean Water has formed a partnership with the Voss Foundation and Virgin Unite to help people in need,” said Jewel. “When I was homeless, I became ill and couldn’t afford to buy the bottled water I needed for my sick kidneys. I realized then that it was hard to get clean drinking water in the United States, and discovered it was a huge problem globally.”
The project in Pel will rehabilitate five wells to modern, efficient and hygienic standards. The village will receive training sessions on well maintenance, hygiene, and water treatment. Studies will be conducted on each well to ensure responsible use and sustainability.
The Give A Drop campaign works through website and text donations. Visit www.giveadrop.com or, to make a $5 donation, just text the message “DROP” to phone number 85944.