The popular all-girl singing group Cimorelli, which got its start in El Dorado Hills, California, before moving to Franklin in 2015, has added clean water ambassadors to their platform.
The group’s youngest members, Dani and Lauren, along with their father, Mike Cimorelli, recently traveled to Havana, Cuba, on behalf of the organization Living Waters for the World, also based in the Franklin area. Their resulting awareness campaign, which includes the release of the song, “Thirst For Life,” written by local songwriters Ken Barker and Sam Dial, with an accompanying music video, has generated an enthusiastic response. The video has received over 100,000 views with hundreds of comments from throughout the world.
Filling a critical niche of the world’s water crisis
Living Waters for the World (LWW) trains volunteer teams to install water treatment systems with community partners in the developing world. Several area churches as well as the Franklin Breakfast Rotary Club are among those from throughout the country who have partnered with the organization.
LWW teams have installed more than 900 water systems in 25 countries, bringing clean water for hundreds of thousands. Fifty of the systems are in Cuba, based in churches there.
The Cimorellis, who are members of St. Philip Catholic Church, got involved when Dani, 17, and big sister, Katherine, happened to be babysitting at Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church, where they met LWW Executive Director Steve Young, a member. Young extended an invitation to the Cimorelli family to see what LWW is all about.
A unique platform
Cimorelli shot to fame after the group posted a clip of themselves singing Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” on YouTube in 2009. They were discovered by a well-known music manager’s own teenage daughter.
Since then, the group of six sisters (Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani) from a family of 11 siblings have signed worldwide recording contracts and have 4 million followers on social media.
They toured different LWW water systems throughout Havana during their five-day trip to Cuba in February. Dani Cimorelli said she was surprised to realize how something as simple as clean water is taken for granted in the United States.
“When we first arrived, I went to brush my teeth and they said, ‘Don’t do that; use a water bottle,’” she said. “People in their everyday lives can’t just turn on a faucet to brush their teeth.”
Mike Cimorelli, who leads TI Builders, a construction company that specializes in tenant improvement projects in California and Tennessee, said the experience made a big impression on him, as well.
“More than 3 million people die every year around the world from drinking contaminated water, and most are children,” he said. “Many millions more are continually sick. That’s not right, and we can do something about it.
“This is a great cause. There is no project with a greater return than what these community water filtration systems can deliver.”
Cimorelli hopes that the trip serves as a jumping-off point to raise funds to install more water systems throughout the world.
“You can change a whole town by donating or getting involved,” Lauren Cimorelli said.
“At Living Waters for the World, we believe that all of God’s children deserve clean water to drink,” Young added. “We are thankful to Cimorelli for joining with us to make that dream a reality for many more children and their families.”
For more information on how to partner with Living Waters for the World, visit livingwatersfortheworld.org.