About water.org

Water.org is an American charity so no tax receipts for Canadians (sorry).

I will let them do the talking as far as their approach:

The water and sanitation problem in the developing world is far too big for charity alone. We are driving the water sector for new solutions, new financing models, greater transparency, and real partnerships to create lasting change. Our vision: the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water.

Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.

Water.org traces its roots back to the founding of WaterPartners in 1990. In July 2009, WaterPartners merged with H2O Africa, resulting in the launch of Water.org. Water.org works with local partners to deliver innovative solutions for long-term success. Its microfinance-based WaterCredit Initiative is pioneering sustainable giving in the sector.

Back to me:
The great thing is they allow me to create my own fundraising page. Check it out: http://give.water.org/f/dollarakilometer/

February: I need to connect with people and have a purpose

While it was clear I wanted to ride across Canada so I could learn about my home and the people who lived here, something burned in me to do more than just petty self interest.

It struck me how water is not a common topic in the media nor in our mindsets yet parts of the world are already in crisis now. In Canada we have a huge abundance of fresh drinking water so many of us take it for granted. While this explains part of it, what about the media and news coverage?

I started brainstorming about how to generate awareness: linking water projects and technology, sharing intellectual knowledge on water purification rather than relying on large corporations to solve our water problems, creating my own water project and NGO.

I quickly realized this area is flooded with NGO’s, water technology is shared knowledge and there were already many projects on the go. I decided the most effective way would be to find a water project or NGO that was well established and worked directly with the community to solve their water problems.

The search was on!

January 1 in Scruffy house East Vancouver

It was the morning of January 1st and I was laying in bed while my pug Marley gingerly snored from my suitcase full of clothes. I was 39 and living half unpacked in a house under construction wondering what had become of my life. Uncle Dan’s comment just wouldn’t leave my mind. Right then and I there I committed to the trip.

P.S. surprisingly there was no hangover to speak of so the decision was a clear one.

December 25, 2011 Karen Glen’s dining room.

Uncle DanAfter Christmas dinner I was talking to my uncle Dan about my desire to once again explore the world and a trip of significant proportion. You see I had done just that in 2004 riding through parts of Asia.Very simply he suggested “why don’t you ride across Canada”.

Well it stuck, an idea was born that I couldn’t shake from my consciousness.

A dollar a kilometer – my pledge to you!


Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race. ~ H.G. Wells

Imagine that. One adult on a bike contributes to the betterment of humanity, simply by generating hope. I have taken this idea very literally – to some with audacious abandon; to others, purposeful poise. My name is Jeff Glen and I aim to ride across Canada to raise “a dollar a kilometer” towards water projects in Haiti.

So why Haiti, and why now? After using the toilet I wash my hands before I eat, as most of us do, but 7 out of every 9 people in Haiti do not have that option. Something as simple as handwashing on a regular basis prevents many diseases that claim lives, yet only half of Haiti residents have access to sanitary water services.
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