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Share Hope in a Bottle w/ Matt Damon & @Water giveaway #givelife

Women can’t do anything from water.org on Vimeo.
When we travel with our families, we don’t give a second thought about handing a drink of water to our children when they are thirsty. Airports provide drinking fountains for those of us who don’t want to purchase water and most airlines provide water free of charge. Did you ever think what your life would be like if we didn’t have clean drinking water? Only 100 years ago New York and other major cities in the US experienced Cholera epidemics and disease due to unsafe drinking water. It isn’t really that long ago if you think about it. The most recent Cholera outbreak in Haiti has killed more than 600 people. Can you even begin to imagine having no clean water for your family to drink?

Mothers in Guatemala at rural school (c) Shannon Hurst Lane TravelingMamas.com

When I traveled on the Tweetup4Good Cruise with my friend Nancy Schretter, we visited rural communities and orphanages in Belize, Mexico, and Guatemala. In Guatemala, one of the schools we visited had dirt floors, holes in the walls, and no running water that I could see.

On the other side of the world, mothers are traveling mamas, not for pleasure trips like us, but for long journeys to collect drinking water for their families and children to survive the day. In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed for the most basic of human needs — collecting water for domestic use. This lost productivity is greater than the combined number of hours worked in a week by employees at Wal*Mart, United Parcel Service, McDonald’s, IBM, Target, and Kroger, according to Gary White, co-founder of Water.org.

Water.org water bottlesHow can we help? Give the gift of Hope in a Bottle or donate to Water.org as a gift that helps others.

When you treat your family and friends to a Water.org, CamelBak bottle, you’ll also be giving a life-changing gift to someone in need.

  • The bottles are a limited edition design, environmentally friendly and great holiday gifts.
  • And 100% of the profits go directly to support nearly a billion people in the world who lack clean water.

Give just one bottle and you help a child get clean, safe water. Give more and you change even more lives – forever. The need has never been greater and you can make a real difference simply by shopping now.

Matt Damon co-found of Water.orgWater.org has provided TravelingMamas.com with one water bottle to give away to one reader. The winner will also be sent a thank you note signed personally by Matt Damon. Because we believe in projects like Water.org, TravelingMamas.com has made a “One Life” donation, which will provide water for life for one person through the Water.org initiative. We’d like to encourage you to add a limited edition water bottle or donation to Water.org to your holiday wish list. To find out more information and to place an order, visit Water.org.

How to enter: This is a social media contest, meaning only readers with Facebook or Twitter accounts are eligible to enter. You can enter two ways –

On Facebook: LIKE Water.org on Facebook and share this post with your friends. Be sure to leave a comment here for this entry to count.

On Twitter: Follow @Water and tweet this post. Be sure to leave your tweet as a comment for the entry to count.

Contest is open to US residents 18 years of age and older. Entries close at 11:59PM CST on December 8, 2010. One entry per day per email address via each route. Comments will be rescued from SPAM. Current and former contributors of TravelingMamas.com not eligible to enter. Prize and product information provided by Water.org.

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