We’re in the midst of a campaign to takeover the Water.org Twitter account.

Water.org’s 432,000 Twitter followers represent a whole new audience for us. An audience that may not know what we do, why we do it or who we do it for.

We’ve asked you to vote and to encourage others to vote.

And we need you to keep doing that so we can tell nearly half a million people that:

  1. Our Water of Life system is a simple, cost effective and proven solution for providing clean water to families in need.

    The system effectively eliminates parasites and bacterial contaminants that cause cholera, typhoid, E. coli, amoebic dysentery and many other devastating diseases.

    And it will provide at least one million gallons of clean drinking water — more than enough for the lifetime of a child.

  2. What makes us distinct from other organizations is we’re about Jesus and always will be. We are Christ centered. We “release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.”
  3. Unlike other organizations which fight poverty in the developing world, we’re child focused. We develop children, who in turn develop their communities. We give children in poverty opportunities to succeed. Each child we serve is ministered to personally, spiritually, economically, socially and physically.
  4. We do all of our work through the local church. The Church is the great hope for the world and is God’s instrument to advance His kingdom. We mobilize and connect the global Body of Christ to fulfill her mandate to care for the poor.
  5. We are 100 percent donor supported. We do not take any funds from any government.
  6. We are more than a child sponsorship organization. We are a child development organization. And we’re not just working for the children in our programs, we’re working for all children in poverty.

    Our programs are personal, individualized and relational. They’re tailored to age, gender, health, culture and family situation.

    Our commitment is long term because children have long term needs.

    And our commitment is to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2035.

That’s what we’re fighting for. Thanks for your help in this.

Here are some ready-made tweets for you to share.

A vote for @compassion in the @water #twakeover isn’t just about #cleanwater, it says children are important VOTE & RT


Compassion International (@compassion) wants to #twakeover @water to say … http://cintl.us/bs


This is what @compassion is fighting for. This is why you should vote for them to #twakeover @water … http://cintl.us/bs


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  1. Stephanie Green
    Aug 15, 2011
    at 8:21 am

    How often can we vote?

    • Jacquie Parella
      Aug 15, 2011
      at 10:19 am

      Just once but every vote is valuable!! :-)

  2. Chris
    Aug 17, 2011
    at 5:30 am

    These 6 things sound a lot like what World Vision does and says. What differentiates your 2 Organizations?

    • Jacquie Parella
      Aug 17, 2011
      at 11:04 am

      We are similar in that we are both Christ-centered in our programs. I think the difference is that World Vision works with/through the communities themselves and we partner with individual churches. Does that help?

  3. Chris
    Aug 17, 2011
    at 5:32 am

    Also, what is the model you use where there is not a Church? Do you plant Churches?

    • Jacquie Parella
      Aug 17, 2011
      at 1:07 pm

      We do not do any church planting. We partner with local churches that are already established and have building facilities. Here’s some more information on how we choose the countries we work in if you are interested:
      http://www.compassion.com/about/faq.htm#faq-tcm:5-301245

  4. [...] Read what Compassion has to say to about why the @water Twitter handle here. [...]

  5. John
    Aug 17, 2011
    at 3:31 pm

    Could just be me, but the “Water of Life” link in #1 doesn’t seem to be working.

    • Jacquie Parella
      Aug 17, 2011
      at 3:41 pm

      Try it now John. I just fixed it.

      • John
        Aug 17, 2011
        at 3:44 pm

        Thanks!

  6. Aug 18, 2011
    at 10:09 am

    I realize this is about taking over a Twitter account. I also realize that I am a relic of a different age (translation: I don’t have and don’t want a Twitter account). But I not only *feel* left out, I *am* left out of voting, and of promoting. I’m too involved in Compassion to enjoy being left out.

    Color me pouting.

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