Did you know that 1.1 billion people on the planet don't have access to safe, clean drinking water? That's one in six of us that have to walk more than three hours every day to fetch water that is likely contaminated--three hours not spent working or attending school. And of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.

charity: water is a non-profit organization that's doing their part to help, bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Since it's foundation in 2006, charity: water has funded the construction of more than 600 wells that, when completed, will provide clean drinking water to 250,000 people. And on February 12, 2009, people in over 175 cities all over the world are getting involved and lending a helping hand, thanks to Twitter.

In September 2008, a group of Twitterers based in London organized an event where the local Twitter community could get together outside of the social networking site, meet the faces behind the avatars, and fundraise for a local homeless charity. The event was a success, and organizers wondered if the concept would translate to other cities around the world.

We're going to find out with the first Global Twestival, in support of chartiy: water. 100% of the money raised will go directly to project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. The flagship event will be happening in London with simultaneous events happening in major Twitter cities around the world--while Europe is wrapping up, the East Coast will just be getting started.

The Twestival is organized 100% by volunteers in cities around the world--and you can still get involved! Go to Twestival.com to find out about the Twestival in your city and follow Twestival on Twitter for updates!

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