GOOD
Sports

I Thought Professional Surfing Was Hard, Then I Started A Water Charity

On World Water Day, the unpredictable challenges of water charities

I became a first responder by accident. I had planned to go to Indonesia so I could surf and do some charity work, handing out water filters to help people who had trouble accessing clean water. I had 10 filters with me. But while I was there, I was caught in the earthquake around Padang, Sumatra. It’s incredible to think, but those 10 filters—which exceeded Environmental Protection Agency purity standards without anything more complicated than gravity and a few ounces of hollow fiber membrane—saved thousands of lives. It was a profound, divine moment that catalyzed my life. It also left me with the naive impression that helping people access clean water would be easy. It isn’t.

Keep Reading Show less
Trending Stories