Twestival Raises $250,000 for charity: water
On February 12th, more than 200 cities around the world held Twestivals, bringing together the Twitter community for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water. Twestival was a great success, creating a global buzz while raising more than $250,000 to provide clean water for some of the 1.1 billion who live without it.
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In less than a month, close to 1,000 volunteers hosted events in over 200 cities around the world. Over all, more than 10,000 people attended the various events.
charity: water provides clean and safe drinking solutions to some of the poorest people in developing countries. 100% of all public donations go directly to support projects which dig wells. charity: water strongly supports the implementation of sustainable water projects, sanitation and hygiene education programs.
Twestival was organized 100% by volunteers in cities around the world. And 100% of the money raised will be evenly distributed over three countries (Ethiopia, Uganda and India), here is the rough breakdown of the impact $250,000 will have (via Mashable):
83K in Uganda
33 projects, average cost $2,500
8,250 people served
$83K in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia
15 projects, average cost $5,500
Average people served per project: 451
So, 6,700 people served
$83K in Orissa, India
Average cost per project, $12,000
7 water towers with piped water supply to individual households
297 served per project, so 2,079 served
Total: 55 water projects. 3 countries. Clean water for just over 17,000 people.
The Twestival campaign is still ongoing and at the start of April, they will be reporting back from Ethiopia where they will be drilling a well live for the online community to see exactly where their money went.