When I interviewed Charity:water founder Scott Harrison in New York last month, I was pleased to hear that the event raised about $250,000 -- enough to supply water for 50 villagers in Africa.
The first well was drilled in one of the the remotest regions of Ethiopia in a village called Mai Nebri. You can watch the video of the first day of drilling above.
Here's an excerpt from the recent e-blast from Chairty:water about the project:
Like so many in this harsh region, Mai Nebri's women and children walk more than 5 hours every day for unsafe water. Some of the women had deformed backbones from carrying 40 pounds of water. A hyena attack recently claimed the life of a child on her way to the water hole at 4 a.m., and waterborne diseases like bilharzia and diarrhea are common. Many of the girls here don't get a chance to attend school and instead have to fetch water.
Follow @charitywater for updates on this and future well projects funded by the Twestival.