November 19, 2021

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan talk about water...the essential element of life.

While nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. The rest is saline and ocean-based. Even then, just 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, with much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields.

Wherever they are, people need water to survive.

785 million people – 1 in 9 - in the world do not have clean water close to home and almost 2 billion people depend on health care facilities without basic water services.

Globally, unsafe water kills more people every year than violence, including war. Children are the worst affected because they don’t have the resilience to fight water borne illness.

Here in the America, a water crisis is a headline story on the 6:00 news. In many other parts of the world, it’s just daily life.

And this brings us to an earlier interview we did with Just One Africa...

Amy Churchill Visits Women in Kenya Who Make Paper Beaded Necklaces
Amy Churchill Visits Women in Kenya Who Make Paper Beaded Necklaces

Just One Africa cares for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya by providing access to clean water and by partnering with local leaders to provide sustainable solutions which create hope through care, education, and community development. @JustOneAfrica

Kenya is slightly smaller than the state of Texas and yet it is brimming with 44 million people with no consistent access to clean, safe water. Just One Africa Our provides filters designed after the technology used in kidney dialysis. The gravity-operated filter and fast flow rate mean that anyone anywhere can have clean water in a matter of seconds. The filter is provided with everything they need to turn any water source into clean, safe drinking water for their families.

Their programs are carried out through partnerships they have developed with local leaders in the community.

Bev had the opportunity to sit down with Amy Churchill, the Director of Operations at Just One Africa. Today we bring you Part 1 of that interview.

Ryan's Recycling
Ryan's Recycling

We can always count on kids to see the issues and set out to make a difference. We’ll be taking a look at the leaders of Giving Tuesday Spark over the next few shows…

Ryan Hickman, Age 11, Orange County, California

In 2012 at the age of 3, Ryan went along with his dad to the local recycling center and cashed in a few small bags of cans and bottles and decided that recycling was in his future.

The day after going to the recycling center, Ryan notified his mom and dad that he wanted to give empty plastic bags to all the neighbors and maybe they would save their recyclables for him. Today, Ryan’s Recycling Company has customers all over Orange County, CA and he has a passion to recycle that is amazing.

In 2020 Ryan founded, the nonprofit Project3R™ (Reduce | Reuse | Recycle) dedicated to recycling and environmental awareness/education around the world. Ryan and Project3R™ lead and organize beach clean-up events in his community and he travels internationally speaking about the importance of recycling and saving our planet from plastic pollution. Ryan and Project3R™ have been instrumental in starting school recycling programs worldwide.