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03/20/2013 05:28 pm ET

UNICEF Tap Project Lets Activists Provide Clean Drinking Water To Children Via Facebook

Using Facebook now has the power to make it rain.

Throughout World Water Month, UNICEF is giving Facbook users the chance to provide clean drinking water to those in need -- and raise awareness for the issue -- by joining the organization’s Tap Project on the social networking site. Participants donate $5 to get involved, which provides potable water to a child for 200 days, and can invite two friends to join the effort, too.

The project aims to both help children who are without clean water and to inform the world of just how critical the problem is. Waterborne illnesses are the second leading cause of preventable childhood deaths in the world and the cause of nearly 4,000 deaths of children under the age of five every day.

“More young kids die from dirty water and poor sanitation than from measles, malaria, and AIDS combined,” Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, said in a press release. “Across the developing world, children often walk miles to the nearest source to gather water for their families, forcing them to miss out on an education. UNICEF believes that ZERO children should be deprived of clean water and basic sanitation.”

Find out how you can get involved here.

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