The Smile Generation Raises Million for charity: water


Generous Donations to Fund 100 Wells in Ethiopia


IRVINE, CA, December 5, 2013 – The Smile Generation® today announced that its trusted clinicians and their community of generous patients, along with team members, and strategic vendor partners have raised more than million for charity: water, and are funding 100 wells in Ethiopia. charity: water is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

In May 2013, The Smile Generation kicked off the "100 Wells for Ethiopia" campaign with the intent of raising million to fund 100 wells for the people in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. One hundred percent of the generous donations given to the 100 Wells for Ethiopia campaign will go directly to charity: water to build sustainable, community-owned water projects.

"We set a goal to raise million to build 100 wells in Ethiopia, providing community members in the Tigray region with safe and clean drinking water," said Stephen Thorne, founder of The Smile Generation. "Members of our team and I have seen firsthand the impact that having access to clean water can have on the people in Ethiopia. I’m inspired by the efforts of all involved in reaching this incredible accomplishment but we’re not done yet – we have the rest of the year to fund as many wells as possible."

"We are humbled by the enormous effort of the entire Smile Generation community in reaching this incredible achievement of raising million that will fund 100 wells in Ethiopia. Because of their teams’ hard work, passion and enthusiasm, 25,000 people in the Tigray region of the country will now have access to clean, safe water. We hope that this campaign will inspire others to acts of service and generosity. The Smile Generation campaign is proof that when one group comes together over a common goal and mission, remarkable things can happen," said Scott Harrison, Founder and CEO of charity: water.

Ethiopia is nestled in the Horn of Africa and is the most populated landlocked country in the world. More than 50 million people live there without access to clean and safe drinking water. In Tigray alone, charity: water has funded more than 1,000 water projects with the expertise of their partner, A Glimmer of Hope, and their implementing partner, Relief Society of Tigray.

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About charity: water

charity: water ( is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries . 100% of the money raised goes directly to project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. When projects are completed, charity: water proves each one with GPS coordinates and photos published on Google Maps. In 7 years, charity: water has funded 9,458 water projects that will provide 3.5 million people in 20 countries access to clean, safe water. For more information on charity: water and media inquiries, contact: or phone (646) 688-2323.


Carol Thornton

The Smile Generation