Water Is Life

In the spring of 2007 I was standing in a hotel in Nairobi.  I had looked forward to the first hot shower in a LONG time. I turned on the water to let it warm up when it hit me like a ton of bricks: the children that I had just left in an orphanage would love to have the water that I was letting run down the drain. The phrase "WATERisLIFE" keep running through my head. That phrase haunted me.

So, we began drilling water wells in villages and saw great things happen. But, shortly after we built a well in an orphanage outside of Kisumu, Kenya, we found that the children were still getting sick. After rechecking the well several times we discovered that source of the problem was that the "drinking fountain" at school was a stagnate pond. So, we thought "What can we give the kids to take to school with them?" From this, the WATERisLIFE filtration Straws were born.

While helping the clean-up of Hurricane Katrina, I was reminded of the story of the little boy that was on the beach after a storm. There were thousands of starfish washed up on the beach. The little boy started picking starfish up one by one and throwing them back into the water. An old man watching this just shook his head thinking, "One little boy and so many starfish, he could never help them all." So the old man went down to the boy and told him, "Don't you know you will never make a difference? There are too many starfish washed up on the beach." The little boy looked at the old man and then reached down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the water and said, "It made a difference to that one."

Today 6,500 people will die because they lack clean water. 4,100 of them are children. While we may not be able to help them all, it makes a HUGE difference in the lives of the ones we are able to help. Thank you for joining us on the journey of helping people with life's most basis need. WATERisLIFE!