This year the Tap Project went nationwide, including Telluride.
“The tap project brings to Telluride an incredibly simple concept to encourage restaurant patrons to help bring clean and safe water to the children of the world,” said Molly Wickwire-Sante. “As a Tap Project volunteer, I am glad that so many restaurants agree it is our duty to use water to reduce child mortality.”
Last year, over 300 restaurants and thousands of customers in New York raised more than $100,000 to provide 4 million children with safe and clean water. The Tap Project is the first of its kind – a national grassroots effort offering individuals and restaurants across the nation a simple and effective way to make a difference in a child’s life.
More than 1 billion people do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation – one in five of them are children. Eighty percent of all illness and infant mortality is due to waterborne disease, and lack of clean water is the second largest killer of children under 5.
UNICEF works in more than 90 countries around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities and to promote safe hygiene practices. Over the past 15 years, more than a billion people gained access to improved dinking water and sanitation facilities. UNICEF’s goal is to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation by 2015.
A little goes a long way. For example, with $1 UNICEF can provide 40 liters of safe drinking water, which is enough to give one child safe water for 40 days, or 40 children safe water for one day.
And you can help. Simply dine out in Telluride at The Cosmopolitan, 221 South Oak or The New Sheridan Chop House on World Water Day, Saturday, March 22 and donate just $1 for the clean drinking water you otherwise get for free.
For more information on UNICEF’s water program, visit tapproject.org.