Water Brings Hope

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in charity: water, Life | Posted on 25-07-2011

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At charity: water we always say that Water Changes Everything. But even working for the cause it’s hard to visualize what nearly 1 billion people without clean water means.

But after visiting the village of Moale, deep in the jungle of Central African Republic, the water issue for me is always going to be these three beautiful girls:

It’ll be a mother like this:

Or a smile like this:

I took each of these photos while they gathered water at this dirty spring, miles from their village, as they’ve probably done for every day they can remember:

The injustice I feel that people are surviving on water I wouldn’t let my cattle drink from, is balanced by the hope, joy and happiness I found with everyone I met in Moale and several villages like it.

The same hope you’ll see in this video we filmed last week, on the day Moale finally got clean water after more than a decade of trying:

We promised we’d be back. from charity: water on Vimeo.

Heading to Central African Republic

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in charity: water, Internet, Life | Posted on 12-07-2011

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Today’s a big day for me as I embark on my first trip with charity: water (and first trip to Africa) to visit the water projects we funded in last year’s September Campaign for the Central African Republic.

C.A.R. has become a nation I care deeply for. A country I couldn’t have found on a map a little over a year ago, I’veĀ personally fundraised to help people there, and I’ve worked hard to help our partners on the ground, ICDI led by Jim Hocking, make a difference in thousands of lives.

The highlight will be visiting Moale, a village we care deeply about at charity: water that was the site of a failed drill on our fourth anniversary last year.

Here’s the video of that sad occassion:

Live Drill – No water for our birthday in Central African Republic from charity: water on Vimeo.

We’re returning to Moale and we’re looking for a different story. Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook for updates this week, and make sure you’re signed up to our email list.

We’re also visiting Jerusalem, the scene of the successful drill last year that you’ll see in these two videos:

Live Drill Day 2 – We Hit Water! from charity: water on Vimeo.

Day 3 – Live Drill Finale – September Campaign 2010 from charity: water on Vimeo.

I’m not sure exactly how this trip will change me, but I’m sure it will. I’ll share thoughts here on my return. If you want to keep up with my travels I am testing a Spot GPS unit that will share my location each day.

NYC July 4th Fireworks, Viewed from a Plane

Posted by Paull Young | Posted in Life | Posted on 05-07-2011

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Last night I flew in to Newark Airport from Texas and was lucky enough to view New York City’s 4th of July Fireworks out of the window of the plane on final descent.

Here’s a phone video that doesn’t quite do it justice:

Thank you to the state of New Jersey for providing an entertaining impromptu fireworks parade throughout our descent, and moreso to Manhattan for the big finale!

I’m just upset that the plane didn’t break into a big USA chant or rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

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