A Look At Paul Newman's Philanthropic Legacy
Do you know how many children day 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.
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