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'Twestival' Recap: Watch As They Drill the First Twestival Well in Ethiopia

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Photo courtesy of charity:water

Back in February, we told you about Twestival, a worldwide "tweet-up" in the name of raising money for charity:water. Over 200 cities, incuding Los Angeles and Anaheim hosted their own Twestivals. What madeTwestival and the partnership with charity:water so great, in addition to the fact that thousands of people came together to make this happen in a matter of weeks, is that 100% of the proceeds raised from Twestival goes directly to the provision of clean and safe drinking water. (And we browsed their financials, they are legit).

They raised over $250,000, and while this fell short of their $1 million goal, the event was a success. And now they are going to prove it.

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Beginning today, at 6pm, we can watch as they drill the first Twestival well in Ethiopia and they are giving readers a chance to ask questions and get them answered by the drillers and community members.

If you want to know what life is like for a mother who walks 5 hours a day for dirty water, here's your chance. If you want to know why a family would live in a village with contaminated water and not move somewhere else, ask. Even if you're just curious about well depths and casings or mobilization costs, ask that too. As we go from rural village to village, we'll pose the best of your questions to our drilling partners and those getting clean water for the first time, and let them answer in their own words.

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Here is their schedule:

  • Day 1 - April 11 - We'll drill the first Twestival well in Ethiopia.
  • Day 2 - April 12 - We'll visit villages in need of water that will receive wells through Twestival funding.
  • Day 3 - April 13 - We'll visit more rural villages, posing questions from you to people living in them.
  • Day 4 - April 14 - Complete the first Twestival well. (hopefully).
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