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Jun 17, 2010 7:24 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Children's Water for Life

A New Iberia native is tackling a global crisis. 8 year old Isabella Raggette is the founder and president of "Children's Water for Life Initiative." It's a non-profit organization that helps children around the world receive safe and clean drinking water.

There are 8 board members, all children between the ages of 8-14. Isabella's interest in this cause was sparked over 1 year ago after watching a Proctor & Gamble water cleansing commercial.

"I thought it was a major problem because more kids die of contaminated drinking water than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined," Isabella said.

After hearing these and other statistics, Isabella began pursing her options to help.

"I thought it was really sad because we probably don't think about that because we have safe clean drinking water," Isabella said.

With the help of her parents and another handful of people, Isabella launched "Children's Water for Life Initiative."

Isabella now lives in Austin, Texas but travels to many different cities to raise awareness about this issue. She also organizes fund raisers, such as bake sales and car washes, for P & G and their foundation, which provides "PUR packets" to countries in need of clean water.

"I would love to go to a country and actually give a child a glass of safe clean drinking water," Isabella said.

Her family supports her goals and says their proud of what she has accomplish so far.

"It's hugely rewarding for us. It gives us a lot of satisfaction to see how much she benefits from this, she grows from this, and to see her be able to pursue something that she cares about," Isabella's mom, Annette said.

It takes less than $10 to provide safe and clean drinking water for a child for 1 year. If you'd like to make a donation, or to learn more about Isabella's organization, visit childrenswaterforlife.org.

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