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Last October and November, 109 readers of this site raised $5,000 for “drilling equipment that will bring clean water to people in Ethiopia”!
The rig we funded is now in service — you can follow it on Twitter — and check out these sweet photos
If you’d like to donate to the cause, you do that at Charity: Water.
Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
Outstanding. Awesome. Excellent.
As I said when you first organized this, Hemant, Thank You! It’s a pleasure and an honor to be a part of this, and the many other positive things that you make happen.
Cool, I’d just about forgotten this and missed the email update in my inbox. It’s also nice to see a charity not only follow through, but provide interesting information about how and where the money is making a difference.
As an athiest with a son who was born in Ethiopia, I thank everyone who donated.
Well done indeed. A very, very important cause. Nice to see funds given up and running, that’s for sure! And for such a good cause at that.
“From friendly atheists all across America” that…is…awesome… I want to fund 20 more of these.
Although, it is kind of an Amerocentric message. Hemant, didn’t we get donations from other countries?
I was thinking this too. Be curious to see what percentage of Hemant’s readership is actually American.
This is so awesome! Perhaps this truly beneficial rig bought by atheists will help those in Ethiopia while non-beneficial Christian missionaries are preaching to people there.
It totally shouldn’t matter who’s getting it done; compassion is not something to be used in a dick-waving contest. I’m a man of faith, myself, but as far as I’m concerned, I’d applaud this effort even if it were funded by anarchistic Satanists. If folks try to use it as a “point” against Christianity, then all it does is make the whole project look like it’s being done in the name of pride more than from true compassion for the Ethiopians.
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