CHARITY FOCUS: Paper for Water

How two young sisters established Paper for Water and have brought the gift of clean, safe water to hundreds of families in need in poor countries across the world.

Artistic sisters Katherine and Isabelle Adams started their charitable activities in November 2011, when they organised an origami event at their local Starbucks. Just 5 and 8 years old at the time, they wanted to raise $500 to partially fund the drilling of a well in Ethiopia. They established Parer for Water and within a month they had raised over $10,000 from selling their intricate, decorative paper sculptures.

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Since then, the pair are well on their way to raising their first million dollars, not bad considering that neither of them have reached their teens yet. It is estimated that there are over 783 million people in the world who lack access to clean water, with a child dying every 20 seconds because of this.

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“Paper For Water seeks to empower the youth in developed countries with skills in leadership, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship.  It also wants to improve their understanding, compassion, empathy and to broaden their knowledge of the world around them.” 

The non-profit has also been helping families in the USA, as well as funding ‘over 100 wells in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia,  India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Uganda,Zimbabwe and on the Navajo Reservation in Smith Lake, New Mexico‘.

The Paper for Water website is where people can donate or purchase some of the girls’ beautiful paper creations. Their tireless productivity and insight has helped save thousands of lives across the world and they’re on course to save countless more.


Colin J McCracken

Colin J McCracken is a content designer, editor and writer from Ireland. Giving form and function to the My Good Planet vision, it has been his role to design and develop the online platform, content and presence of the project.

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