Recently we interviewed Sarah Salisbury, Digital Marketing Manager at Charity: Water. Her kindness only exemplified what the organization she works for is all about. It’s not often you find two meaningful words forming together that bring sustainability, joy, and life into the world. The team over at Charity: Water is doing just that. Charity: Water is a non-profit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. They do this by their 100% model, which means their operating costs are covered separately, so 100% of the public’s money can go directly to clean water projects worldwide. Some of you may ask why water? It’s simple for this organization…
Charity: Water rose from the wells of New York City in 2006 by club and fashion event promoter Scott Harrison. Living a life of “luxury” Scott seemed to have it all. His nice cars and comfortable six figure salary only put him into, what he likes to call, spiritual bankruptcy. So, in 2004, Scott decided to give it all up, revive his lost Christian Faith, and leave the bright lights with one question in mind, “What would the opposite of my life look like?”.
His question brought him to a group called Mercy Ships, an organization offering free medical to those in need while being treated and operated on a hospital ship. He was brought on as a photographer to document the work the surgeons and medical officers
were doing. And while off the shores of West Africa and on the grounds of Liberia, it was the images he snapped through his lens that his life was changed forever.
Scott found that most of the diseases were caused by un-clean water. He then knew if he could somehow bring clean water to these small villages that millions of lives could be saved every year. So, after two years of serving with Mercy Ships, Scott headed back to New York with a vision and a solution to his bankruptcy he had acquired over the years.
I would like to say that Charity: Water actually began in 2004, when Scott decided to quit the nightlife scene. He didn’t know it then, but that local celebrity was destined to make an impact in the world far greater than the streets of New York could offer.