Drink water, give water. It sounds basic, but that's how T. J. Foltz's business model works for the lofty, but not unattainable, goal of providing clean drinking water for everyone in the world. The idea is simple: buy bottled water from the Philadelphia-based organization, Humankind Water, and all of the profits go to building wells and providing clean drinking water in parts of the world where there currently is none.
With the "lack of clean water kill[ing] more than all forms of violence in the world, including war" (Humankindwater.org), it's difficult to not to want to join right in and help. Fortunately, it's not hard to do! Humankind Water recently won Wal-Mart's Get on the Shelf contest, and now their water is sold at Wal-Mart stores across the country. At the cost of a dollar a bottle to provide drinking water to one person for a year, it's kind of hard to beat.
Humankind Water is challenging people: buy 7 bottles and give them to seven friends. Make sure at least one person does the same. Multiplication is the key to creating clean water!
If you'd like to hear more about Humankind Water's model, watch some cool videos or find a Wal-Mart near you, check out their website here: www.Humankindwater.org
- Nicole Engelhardt, CSM Philadelphia Associate Director