My brother's friend Ben became a national hero at age
For David, he was much more. Ben had integrity, respected
others and had a decency that sprung from deep within. He had a
wisdom and also a vision of how he could make the world a better
place, but never grandiose visions of curing the world of all its ills
– just the part he touched. He searched for creative yet simple
solutions to solve complex and seemingly intractable problems in
remote parts of the globe. Inaction was anathema to Ben. While others
talked, he acted.
It was his belief that one person could bring change, and his courage
to try that led him to found ClearWater Initiative and bring clean
water to regions affected by man-made or natural disasters. Since that
time, ClearWater has grown to a staff of six full-time employees in
Uganda and a presence in Japan and the U.S.
We are building an organization that delivers long-term water
solutions in rural villages, bringing hope of a happier, healthier
life to thousands. Through our slow and methodical development
approach, ClearWater has gathered many fans in country, including the
head of USAID in Uganda who was so impressed that he now sits on our
board. This has all been done solely through unpaid volunteer work by
so many here in the US and elsewhere. ClearWater has, therefore,
become a piece of us all. And a piece of you, as our supporter.
Ben’s death strips the world of a loving father, husband and friend,
but I ask you not to let it take away his vision of hope. And I hope
you will continue to support us, whether by donating financially or
providing your time, and help forward Ben’s legacy.
Joan (and David)