Aug 21 update: a visit to charity: water


Hi everyone,

I just got back from visiting my grandparents in Indonesia during the Summer. I was planning to do some more piano recitals there but my parents found out that none of the nearby retirement homes there have a piano 😦

I’m back in Ames now and I will be working hard to finish my drawings and piano recitals for all of you this fall.

Thanks to Google, I got a trip to New York for being a Regional Finalist in the Doodle4Google contest. So, my Dad set up a visit to the charity: water office. I’m very happy to meet with Scott and the charity: water team!

Here’s a video from the trip to share with you. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Thank you Scott and the charity: water team for meeting me!

Nathan Hidajat   


What I’d like to do someday …

Hi everyone,

Sorry it’s been so long since my last update. I have been working hard on my drawings for you. My Mom & Dad will start posting them on the Proof page and sending them to you this weekend. 

Thank you so much for helping me reach my first $1,000 goal and helping me get so close to my current $2,000 goal!

Here is my Doodle4Google drawing. It is inspired by charity: water

Nathan's Doodle4Google EntryClick image to enlarge

What I’d like to do someday is to raise enough money to give everyone in our world clean water. Clean water is very important, but 1,000,000,000 people in our world can’t get it. It will be great if everyone can get clean water. Then everyone is happy, kids can have fun, and people can live.

Starting today, for everyone who donate at least $20 to help me reach my $2,000 goal, my Dad will make a special limited print of this drawing that I will sign for you.

Mrs. Mary Lynch, you will get print #1, thank you 🙂

If you have donated less than $20 before, maybe $8. If you can donate $12 more to make $20 total then you will also get this print.

As soon as I reach my $2,000 goal, my Dad will not make anymore print of this drawing.

If you prefer a different drawing then just let me know in the comment area below and I will send you another drawing 🙂

My charity:water drawingsClick image to enlarge

Thank you again for all your help!

Nathan Hidajat

birthday: water: life

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Hi everyone, my name is Nathan Hidajat. I go to 2nd grade at St. Cecilia School in Ames. This is my first charity: water campaign.

I’m giving up my 8th Birthday on April 12, 2011 to raise money to give people clean water so they can have a better and healthier life.

My goal is to raise $1000 and help 50 people to get clean water for the next 20 years!

Instead of a birthday party or presents, please donate to charity: water and help me reach my goal. Reaching my goal will make my Birthday this year my best Birthday ever!

I like charity: water because they will use your donation to save children like me and their Mom & Dad. They also make sure that 100% of your donation go directly to help people get clean water. They raise money separately to get donation to run the charity. If you donate $20 and they have to pay the credit card company $1, they will raise the $1 separately and make sure that all $20 of your donation go to help people get clean water. After they use your donation to give people clean water, they will give you proof! They will send you pictures, videos and maps to show you where and how your money is being used.

To save charity: water from credit card fees, my Mom & Dad helped me set up a Dwolla account. You can go to to learn more about Dwolla.

Here’s how your donation will be used:


My Mom & Dad asked me what I can do to thank you for your donations. There are 2 things that I like to do – drawing and playing the piano.

My Mom & Dad helped me make this web site so for any amount that you donate, they will help me put your name in the Donors page.

$20 will give 1 person clean water for the next 20 years! If you donate $20, my Mom & Dad will help me put your name in the Donors page and I will send you a nice drawing that I will make and sign. I will pay for the stamp from my own savings.

For every $100 of my goal reached, I will play the piano for Grandmas and Grandpas at the retirement home. If you donate $100, my Mom & Dad will help me put your name in the Donors page, I will send you 5 drawings that I will make and sign, and my Parents will take me to play at a retirement home in Ames, IA or Des Moines, IA that you choose.

Following what charity: water is doing, I will also give you Proof! I will take a picture of the drawings that I make and my Mom & Dad will put it in the Proof page. My Mom & Dad will also help me take a video when I play the piano for Grandmas and Grandpas at the retirement homes and they will help me put it in the Proof page so you can watch them 🙂 

To donate and help me reach my goal, please click on the charity: water bottle or Dwolla picture on the left. 

Thank you for reading and thank you for helping 🙂

Nathan Hidajat

p.s.: I first learn about charity: water from this video that my Dad showed me. If you want to learn more about charity: water it is a great video for you to watch. It is a long video though so make sure it’s not close to your bed time and please watch it with a grown up!