Kelly Bensimon went to Haiti with Generosity Water, an organization building clean water wells in developing countries. She even visited one of the wells that she raised money to fund — which is now providing clean water to over 500 people every day.
That’s so cool to see the results of your hard work and donated money!
The kids then showed her a dirty stream — where they had originally gotten their water — that has caused many people to get sick. The new well means everything to them!
Here’s what Kelly said:
“The best part of this whole experience is spending time with the kids in the village, and seeing how happy they are. Its pretty amazing to see how we can have such an impact on a village by simply building a clean water well.”
Beautiful! Watch video above and wait for the Prezzer shout out! SO MUCH LOVE!
Kelly Bensimon on her charity work with Generosity Water: ‘It’s not about being a celebrity, it’s about being a human being’
Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with Kelly Bensimon, former model and star of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of New York City”, about her involvement with Generosity Water, an organization that works to provide clean water to people in developing countries. Bensimon recently returned from a trip with Generosity Water to Haiti.
Generosity Water’sgoal is to set up wells in villages that are protected from contaminants and organize water committees to distribute and protect this water. So far the organization has installed 131 wells worldwide.
Bensimon, a Rockford, Ill., native, has two daughters with her ex-husband, fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon.
Bensimon: The goal of Generosity Wateris simply to bring water to countries in need.
Q:You just returned from Haiti with Generosity Water. Did you have any memorable experiences while you were there that you’d like to share with us?
Bensimon: It was really unbelievable. One of the most important things that we have to remember when we visit a place like Haiti is that [in their] hierarchy of need, water is at the top. Close to 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water worldwide, and 3.5 million people die from water related illnesses every year. So basically, [if] you want to be a humanitarian and a build a hospital, you can’t [just] build a hospital if you’re not stopping the reason people are being [sent] there, like for water-related illnesses.
But, one thing that really struck me was that in Haiti the government donated this plot of land, Canara, and they said, “listen, you know your homes have been devastated so we’re going to offer this land to you,” but there was one problem: there was no water.
The wells in Haiti are more expensive than they are in other places because you have to dig deeper. The actual wells that are built in Haiti are $6,000 versus the normal $3,000. The most important thing to remember is people can survive weeks without food; they can only survive three days without water. When I saw young girls, 10-year-olds, walking around with 40 pounds of water on their heads that I couldn’t even carry, and they weren’t in school, I thought to myself: “No. You go to school. I’ll take care of your water.”
Q: Especially as a mother yourself, that must’ve been something that really stuck with you.
Bensimon: As a mother, I was so upset by the process. I just couldn’t believe it. So, basically what I did was I enlisted my Twitter followers to support me, and I matched them, and I had my friends match me [with donations.] So it was just an amazing opportunity for everyone from my friends to the fans who love “Real Housewives.” They’ve been incredibly supportive and generous. I am so grateful for that. That was really impressive.
Q: Are there other charities you’re involved with?
Bensimon: There are so many other charities I’m involved in. I work with Feeding America. I donated some proceeds of a special charity airing last year. I also do work with the Museum of Modern Art, and I also work with Hale House.
Q. Why do you think it’s important for celebrities to be involved with charity work?
Bensimon: I think it’s not about being a celebrity; it’s about being a human being. It is interesting to see that the world is really small. That is one reason why I was able to make even more of an impact [because] I spoke the language. I [speak] French. So, I was able to go to the orphanages and to schools and speak to kids. Actually, I was able to go into the hospitals and communicate to the people there, be it doctors, nurses, whoever, because I spoke the language.
The world is really small and knowing a second language is really important. There were just so many layers to this trip. But, obviously bringing water to the world was one of the most important things.
Q: What are some upcoming projects that you are working on?
Bensimon: Right now I’m really focusing on Generosity Water. I want to help them raise as much money as I can. Also, I spoke to my older daughter, who’s 12, and I said maybe for her birthday and my birthday, because they’re both in May, that we would maybe [go to an orphanage I went to], and work on raising some funds. And go down there and actually clean up an orphanage. Not [by] bringing them things they can’t have, but just [by] making their lives a little better. So I am trying to enlist my kids to be supportive of the world as well, [because] they’re at that age.
Q. Now, is there anything that you would like to add?
Bensimon: I am just grateful for the opportunity. I am grateful to Bravo for allowing me the ability to have a voice and to be a public figure where I can actually make an impact, and make someone else’s life a little bit better. It is really an honor.
Twenty one (21) wells were donated at the Generosity Water’s3rd Annual Benefit. Thats $3000 for each well! I was so impressed about how the people attending the event were so responsive to ensuring the world has clean water. Even co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy donated money to buy wells. It was so touching and compelling to see people come together for the right reasons.
Kelly Bensimon from Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York” visits Haiti with Generosity Water from Feb 15-17, 2011.
In this video Kelly is in one of the largest tent cities in Haiti called Camp Canara where nearly 10,000 people moved after the earthquake and have to walk miles every day to find water. Kelly is passionate about helping people have access to clean and safe drinking waster and has been actively involved in raising money to fund multiple wells in Haiti.
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