It was truly a honor to chat with Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of Charity: Water, during his stop in Portland for the World Domination Summit.
In 2004, Scott left his life of promoting nightclubs and fashion events in New York City to volunteer aboard a floating hospital with a group called Mercy Ships, a humanitarian organization which offered free medical care in the world's poorest nations, in West Africa. The second he walked aboard that ship, he never went back to his old life, and everything changed.
Charity: Water's mission is very clear...Bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
It's hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns about our stewardship of the world's most precious resource. There's talk of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying up, and of course, plenty of people who simply don't care.
But forget about us.
Most of us have never really been thirsty. We've never had to leave our houses and walk five miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are 800 million people on the planet who don't have clean water.
It's hard to imagine what 800 million people looks like really, but one in nine might be easier. One in nine people in our world doesn't have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can't imagine going 12 hours without.
For more information about Scott Harrison and Charity: Water please visit www.charitywater.org and follow Scott on Twitter at www.twitter.com/scottharrison.
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