August 21 2014

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Blasblog: Water, Water Everywhere


My, oh my, how Charity: Water has grown. I can remember the first event I went to four years ago: It was a subtle affair, with a few posters and a tiny, overcrowded bar. But with the support of a few key kids about town (among them, Jessica Stam, who first introduced me to the cause, and Adrian Grenier, who hosted the evening), it’s no surprise the fledgling nonprofit, which raises money to build wells and clean-water systems in the third world, has grown. Just look at it now: At Monday night’s fundraiser at the Metropolitan Pavilion, every inch of wall space was filled with moving images of those helped by the charity and videos of food drops, and pumps similar to those the charity builds in rural areas were scattered throughout. Where there was once some dinky electrical tape marking a path guests could lug Water’s jugs—a testament to how difficult a basic necessity is to find in some parts of the world—there was now an elevated, lit-up runway.

“I remember those early days, too, when it was just me and an idea,” explained Charity: Water founder Scott Harrison. “But it’s a testament that we’re doing something right.” Grenier put these improvements in perspective: “Three years, more than 1,500 water projects in 16 countries, and nearly 1 million people served. Not bad, is it?” Not bad, indeed.


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