This year along with help from our supporters we were able to raise $1,345 for Charity: Water. This year our money is going to help build wells in Cambodia. There are currently more than 14 million people in Cambodia and 33% lack access to clean drinking water. Unfortunately this effects children the most due to diarrheal disease that leads to death.
The wait is finally over and our campaign from 2011 has finally been completed! A community of about 250 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa now have clean drinking water. Thanks to your generous donations we have helped to fund a well that has been completed. Not only does this community have clean drinking water but they were also trained in how to maintain the new water system. You can read more about this campaign here
For all those that donated last year to our charity: water campaign more progress through your donations has been made. The charity: water partners working in the Rulindo District of Rwanda have finished building the water wells and are currently training the communities on how to best manage their water well. The Rulindo District of Rwanda has a mountainous terrain and thus many obstacles must be over for wells to be built. charity: water has been able to rehabilitate 5 large-scale gravity fed systems, perform trench excavation and hill terracing, and begin to mobilize meetings with local leaders. We will continue to keep you all updated as we receive update and again we could not of made this possible with out the support of our customers.
Recently we launched our annual charity: water campaign. Each year we take the time to promote this great organization that helps provide clean drinking water for people in areas where it is extremely hard to come by. Find out more about our partnership here.
For those of you that do not know, Shopaholla is based out Moore, Oklahoma. Some people in our company actually grew up in Moore and also have family still in the area. The past 24 hours has been a very rough time for our community. Tragedy has struck our town in the form of a massive, EF5 tornado on Monday afternoon. Our founder, Andrew Johnson, lives just over a mile from the devastating path the tornado ripped through our town. The next days will be spent searching for loved ones, belongings and helping cleanup our town. Beyond that lies and long road of rebuilding and processing the physical and emotional losses we've all suffered. Our town is no stranger to these monsters, and we will overcome this one as well.
Last year Shopaholla supported Charity: Water through our Give Water Give Life campaign to help raise money to bring clean drinking water to those in need. The money that we raised went directly to Rulindo District, Rwanda. Together we were able to collectively raise $2,295 towards this project.
As of September we've officially sold more than 1,000 Shopify themes. We have several of the best selling and most customizable themes available for the platform. We are very excited about this and what this has meant for our business and others' as well. We are also extremely grateful for our success. We believe in helping others, in business and in life in general. We value people over profits and believe that we all have a higher calling than mere success in business. Because of this we have chosen to once again be a part of something bigger than ourselves, Shopaholla is donating a percentage of our profits to help save lives in Rwanda!
Here in the United States, we use about 400 billion gallons of water each day. That means the average family of four is responsible for about 400 gallons per day! But imagine if you had no clean water. Imagine sweating and straining to haul contaminated water back to your family. Imagine suffering from preventable illnesses like worms, dysentery or other diarrheal diseases. After learning more about charity: water's work, We know we can make a dent in the global water crisis. We're starting a campaign over this next 3 months, We're going to raise $5,000 to build clean water projects for people in need. We're looking for anyone who can help us. The great thing about donating to charity: water is that 100% of our money goes directly to the water projects, and when the projects are finished, they'll show us the communities we've helped. As a business we realize there's more than profits, success and becoming known. You can help too! Please join with us and donate to our goal. Give water and give life!