"Each of us can change the world by giving"
-Raj Shahani 

charity: water

Donations made to Raj's Campaign to date:
   $134,230 = 27 Water Projects

   Our Goal: 100 Water Projects

Why charity: water
Raj was a strong supporter of the nonprofit organization charity: water whose mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations through wells, water towers and other sustainable water solutions. Raj contributed to charity: water in 2009 through monetary donations and by helping their founder to increase charity: water's online presence.

Raj believed in their cause so deeply that he set a personal goal to raise money for 100 water projects (at that time, $5000 financed one water tower or well). In March 2010, Raj donated the funds for the first of these 100 water projects. His donation was used to build a water tower in a remote village in India that previously had no water source. This project was completed in January 2011 and now 54 families have access to clean drinking water for the first time (see photo below or go to the Updates page of this website for multiple photos).
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With Raj's life cut short at the age of 30, his family is committed to carrying forward his vision of providing clean water to those in need. A campaign page in Raj's name has been set up on the charity: water website where tax deductible donations of any amount can be made. For every $6,000 collectively raised, a well or water tower will be built in his memory. A plaque with his name will be placed at each site.  

By making a donation to chartiy: water, you can help us fulfill Raj's vision and keep his spirit alive. Our sincere thanks to all those who have donated. Please note that charity: water updates Raj's family on all donations made.

If you prefer to donate by check, please write your check out to "charity: water" and in the memo section indicate "Raj Shahani Memorial". Mail to Raj's sister, Priya Shahani, who will forward all donations to charity: water. Mailing address: 4080 Big Ranch Road, Napa, CA 94558


Why Kiva
Raj was an active supporter of Kiva whose mission is to alleviate poverty by allowing people to make micro loans to small businesses around the globe. Raj personally made 185 loans between March 2008 and March 2010 to help individuals build their businesses and better their lives. Raj's hope was to get more people involved in micro loaning. Giving through Kiva will let us honor his wishes, his memory and his life. Raj's family has set up a dedicated page on the Kiva website where you can join his team and make loans in his memory.