Paul Newman's Safe Water Network Is Saving Lives
** OGTV recognizes National Water Quality Month with this story about a celebrity and philanthropist who put his name and energy behind an ongoing effort to provide clean water to distressed communities around the world. **
Do you know how many children suffer every day from water-borne diseases?
1,400 children. Every day.
Today, we honor a well-known figure who committed the later part of his life to reducing that number by providing children around the world with access to safe water. Of course, we're talking about Paul Newman!
Paul's daughter Clea recalls that it was about 8 years before he passed away that her father became engaged with the cause of water access.
"He kept saying, 'everyone's focused on oil, but we can live without oil. We can't live without water,'" Clea recalls of her conversations with her dad.
So in 2006, Paul co-founded the Safe Water Network, an organization with global aims to increase access to safe water in communities devastated by a lack of access. Safe Water Network launched its first field offices in 2008, in Accra, Ghana and New Delhi, India, and started on its work through the establishment of Safe Water Stations, which the organization would turn over to the local communities to manage and own, empowering them to control their destinies with the assistance of a reliable water source.
The positive impact of access to clean water, facilitated by Safe Water Network, means improved health and flourishing local initiatives in so many of the communities where the organization has pitched in. In our original video feature on Safe Water Network, hear from CEO Kurt Soderlund, Senior Vice President Amanda Gimble, and other water experts about the miraculous changes they've witnessed through their work bringing clean water across the world.
"If you can just replicate that over and over again, community by community, with other organizations, the potential of the solution is really significant," noted Amanda Gimble, Senior Vice President of Safe Water Network. "Water is life and you are transforming lives through safe water."
Watch and see their work and the real life impact it is having in hundreds of communities.
This video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/edited by Abe Halpert.
Learn more and support their efforts at: http://www.safewaternetwork.org
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