Thanks to all who participated in this year's Fringe Fest!  We raised over $3,000 towards future commities lacking clean water and sustainability!  Whoo hooo, and look out next year!!!


COME UNITY presents, Illustrating Truths.


WHEN: Sunday, September 18, at 6pm

WHERE: The Painted Bride Art Center

               230 Vine St Philadelphia, PA


TICKETS: $20.  Children under 12, $10 (available at the door only.) 


Incredibly talented regional artists illustrate ten truths that COME UNITY aims to change like "dirty water kills more people each year than all forms of violence," and "one in six people in our world lack access to clean, safe drinking water." The event features new works of choreographers from Philadanco, Lustigdancetheatre, 180 Dance, NYC's Gallim Dance and more! Beautiful paintings, photographs, and sketches will be available for silent auction. All proceeds go towards COME UNITY's clean water and sustainability projects around the world. COME UNITY is excited to present Illustrating Truths in conjunction with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Please join us. All funds raised at this event go to our projects overseas.

New choreography by Laney Engelhard and Niall Lessard, Lustigdancetheatre, Justin Bryant, Philadanco, Jonathan Windham, Gallim Dance, Cameron Lussier and 180 Dance Company.

TICKETS: $20, http://www.brownpaperticke​

Children under 12, $10 (available at the door only.)


10 Facts for Illustrating Truths.

1. Dirty water kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

2. One in six of the world's population does not have access to safe water.

3. Millions of women spend hours a day collecting water in jerry cans that weigh up to 45 pounds.

4. 1.8 billion people who have access to a water source within 1 kilometer, (but not on their property) consume around 20 liters per day. The average person uses more than 50 liters of water a day flushing toilets where average daily water usage is about 150 liters a day. The highest average water use in the world is in the US, at 600 liters a day.

5. 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and porr sanitation. This amounts to 4,000 everyday, or one in 20 seconds.

6. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.

7. More than 200 million people in Africa live on less than $1 USD a day.

8. For every 100 boys there are only 83 girls enrolled at elementary school.

9. When girls stay in school they engage in marriage an dpregnancy later in life; also, they are more likely to have fewer but healthier babies who, as they grow, will also go to school.

10. Between 12 and 14 million African children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

More information, questions or to inquire about donating a piece of art, email



"In Africa, poverty pushes you into the ground. It compresses you. It reduces you to something subhuman. It makes you powerless, then mocks you powerlessness by 'subletting' your victim hood. Disease gets you. Predatory males exploit you. Neighbors steal from you. Dirt, dust and malarial mosquitoes afflict you. It's not as if this thing is going to pass, or like a phase in your life that will eventually give way. No. This is how you live."

James Cantelon

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