EVERY DROP COUNTS: Catwalkers Georgie Badiel and Heide Lindgren and have joined together to form Models 4 Water, an organization set up to help women in Burkina Faso, Badiel’s homeland. Their aim is to develop clean, sustainable drinking water and hygiene projects.
Recognized as one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso does not have clean drinking water for 85 percent of it population. Another detriment is that 80 percent of diseases in the developing world are caused by contaminated water. Models 4 Water is now accepting donations from $1 to thousands of dollars to cover the $30,000 cost of building a sustainable water pump there. The models will host a benefit dinner Wednesday at Locanda Verde for their nonprofit.