Today marks the kickoff for World Water Week, where UNICEF's Tap Project is put into full swing. This week, March 19-25, 2012, Red Rooster Harlem will help raise money to provide children in developing countries with access to clean water. UNICEF's Tap Project encourages restaurants to ask their customers to donate $1 or more for the tap water that usually comes free. That money then goes to fund UNICEF's water projects and with just one dollar, UNICEF can provide one child access to safe, clean water for 40 days.
The UNICEF tap project sprung to life five years ago in New York City. The idea behind the cause was that all funds raised would support UNICEF's efforts to bring healthy water to millions of children around the world from Belize, Central African Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Vietnam, Togo, and Cote d'Ivoire, to name a few. Since its creation, the tap project has raised nearly $3 million. However, nearly 900 million people worldwide still lack access to safe drinking water. By participating in a local effort, we are working towards a lifesaving cause on a global level.
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Efforts are spread throughout 150 countries and the organization does everything it can to improve access to healthy water and sanitation facilities in communities and schools. By providing health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more, UNICEF is making strides in all the right directions.
Over 500 restaurants have already joined the 2012 campaign for Tap Week. Click here to find participating restaurants near you. So when you visit Red Rooster this week ask your server about UNICEF's Tap Project and be sure to donate to help children gain access to clean, fresh water- a privilege that we often take for granted.
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