There's a verse in the Talmud that says: "…whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world."
A year ago we asked you to "Be the Change: Save Life." We had no idea that you open your hearts with such generosity. Here are some of the projects you helped over the past year:
charity: wateris a non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to developing countries. 100% of donations received by charity: water directly fund sustainable water projects in the field.
Former Manhattan nightclub promoter Scott Harrison used his glamorous connections to found charity: water, and convince Americans to pledge the dollar amount of their birthday to dig wells around the world - and to teach locals how to keep them pumping. After ABC News covered this project, our viewers donated more than $100,000 and funded 20 water projects in Ethiopia, which has been plagued by decades of drought. Together, we can do more to help.
Your donation of just $20 can provide clean water for one person, $5,000 can provide clean water for about 250 people and $9,216 will fully fund this entire project!
Thousands of children in Bangladesh die from the bacteria they pick up because there's no sanitation, no bathrooms, no pipe to bring clean water to the slums. All that has changed in Kalshi Balur Math, in Dhaka's slums, after 40 thousand ABC News viewers donated enough to build a pipe to deliver clean water here, as well as 10 clean faucets, and an unexpected piece of art, a billboard on the side of one of 20 brand-new latrines - that will keep the surrounding river from being used as a sewer. Five thousand in this slum are now drinking clean water. Now will you help recreate this miracle in the Mirpur slums?
Your donation of any amount will help provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation to Mirpur's urban poor. Donate here.
Chronic malnutrition in early childhood stunts the growth of 80% of the population in Guatemala. ABC News reported on the progress in one Guatemalan village where Dr. Peter Rohloff, of Wuqu Kawok, has fed malnourished infants a local fortified corn gruel for years. He couldn't afford a better product - a sweetened peanut paste named Plumpydoz - fortified with vitamins, minerals and milk powder, but ABC News viewers were inspired by the story of his efforts and gave $200,000, enough to feed the peanut paste to children of not one, but five villages.
Combating child malnutrition through education, early detection and treatment could change everything for the indigenous Kaqchikel speaking community in Guatemala.
Your $10 donation will provide lifesaving nutritional food supplements to one child for two months. $15 provides lifesaving nutritional food supplements to one family for an entire month. And with $60 you will provide life lifesaving nutritional food supplements to one child for a year.
Click here to Feed a Child and reduce malnutrition in Guatemala.
Shot@Life, Save lives with Vaccines in Ethiopia
Measles is a deadly reality in the Horn of Africa. We told you about a desperate attempt to isolate measles cases in Mogadishu. The disease, with its telltale cough, ravages small bodies and leads to death among the weak. ABC News viewers gave generously, a quarter of a million dollars to keep children in Somalia alive; enough for more than a million doses of measles vaccine. But there are many more children in need. Every 20 seconds, a child dies of a disease that could have easily been prevented with a vaccine. The UN Foundation's Shot@Life Campaign educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. Together, we can decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life.
Your donation of just $10 will provide two children with a lifetime of protection from polio and measles. $15 will protect a child from the two most deadly diseases (pneumonia and diarrhea). And just $20 will give a child a lifetime of immunity to protect her from pneumonia, diarrhea, polio and measles.
Babies born in rural India are born so tiny that they don't have the body fat necessary to regulate their own body temperatures. The consequence can be death. The Embrace Infant Warmer, an innovative low-cost warmer designed to provide thermal support to preterm newborns, will become available in India this winter. Your donation of $20 can help fund an Embrace Infant Warmer and you can help save the life of a newborn in India. Just $30 can fund educational materials to 10 healthcare professionals, and $60 - can fund a trip to a village to assess health conditions and needs.
And we're not done yet.
In the spirit of the holidays, our Million Moms Challenge Gift Guide features low-cost innovative solutions from our nonprofit partners that can help save mothers' and children around the globe.
Tonight, in the farthest corners of the world, mothers hold babies who would have died. Children grow, families thrive. Because you cared enough to do something.