Click on to help provide water for the poor-Truth!

Click on and Provide Water for Those Who Need it in Africa and Asia Truth!

Summary of eRumor:
An appeal for helping provide clean water in Africa and Asia by visiting a website where your click of the mouse will help contribute.  The site is

The Truth:

Clicks for cash has become a popular concept and even though it sounds too good to be true, it works when legitimate organizations are involved.

This particular website,, has been set up by Thames Water Company and WaterAid and reached 250,000 clicks in two weeks.  At that rate, other goals will probably be reached quickly.  When you follow the “click” prompts, you’ll get an update.  At this writing, the figure was more than one million.

How does it work?  Most of these sites rely on sponsors, in this case the Thames Water Company.  They benefit from the visibility to hundreds of thousands of people who visit the site and the sponsors are willing to donate to the causes based on the volume of visitors.

WaterAid, according to its website at, is dedicated to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion to the world’s poorest people.

updated 11/19/01