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This year’s World Water Week begins on March 22 and ends on March 28. During this week, the Tap Project will once again raise vital donations and awareness for UNICEF’s water and sanitation programs. The Tap Project was born in New York City in 2007 based on a simple concept: restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world. Currently, the water situation is very critical. Every day, 4,200 children die of water-related diseases. Nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.

Donations raised during last year’s Tap Project funded a variety of lifesaving projects—including $323,094 for water access improvements in densely populated villages in Cote d’Ivoire; $139,500 for sanitation improvement in Nicaragua; $139,500 for emergency and response and water, environment and sanitation capacity-building in Iraq; and $69,750 for school sanitation and clean water projects in the Toledo region of Belize.The balance of funds went towards smaller water and sanitation projects around the globe.

Apart from your generous donations, you may also wish to participate as a volunteer. Volunteers are the heart of this project. There are three types of volunteers:  Campaign Volunteers, Workplace Coordinators,  and Water Walk Volunteers.