One of the Zone’s most cherished traditions is our annual birthday gift for Johnny, called the Birthday Project. Each year we choose a charity which is connected to Johnny’s philanthropic interests, pool our modest contributions, and make a Zone donation to a worthy cause in his honor, as a way of celebrating and thanking Johnny for all the joy he has given us over the year.
Since Johnny is currently filming The Lone Ranger in the Navajo Nation, we thought it would be fitting to choose a charity devoted to improving the living conditions of the Navajo people. So the 2012 Birthday Project will benefit Project Pueblo. We are happy to announce that Zone donations to Project Pueblo have now topped $3,000! Thank you all!
Project Pueblo is a 100% student and volunteer-led 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that conducts short-term, low-cost service trips to impoverished areas while raising money and awareness for relevant projects and issues. Project Pueblo is currently focusing on improving living conditions for the Navajo people in the area known as the former Bennett Freeze, a 2 million acre region within the Navajo Indian reservation of 8000+ families where only 25% have adequate shelter, only 10% have running water, and only 3% have electricity. In addition, this area heavily suffers from issues relating to uranium contamination stemming from mining during the Cold War.
Project Pueblo is currently raising money to install water systems for Navajo families that have been drinking uranium-contaminated water because they have no other option. Each water system costs approximately $1,500, so with our Birthday Project funds we can now provide clean water for two families!
That’s fantastic . . . but we’d like to do even more for the Navajo people. Won’t you join in our birthday present for Johnny? It’s easy to give:
To donate by Paypal, please use this yellow “Donate” button to link to our 2012 Birthday Project Paypal account:
If you prefer to donate by check, CLICK HERE to visit the Johnny Depp Zone’s Birthday Project forum for the mailing address.
We will be accepting donations through Johnny’s birthday, June 9, 2012. Please join us in saying “Thank you” and “Happy Birthday” to Johnny Depp. Your donation can bring comfort and support to the Navajo people: a gift of clean water is a gift of life itself.