I took myself on a trip around the world a couple of years ago. It was an incredible opportunity. My original goal of taking the trip was to figure out what I wanted to do as a career – to volunteer, see the world, and take time to shift my perspective - thereby gaining inspiration to propel me forward into the next professional phase of my life. When I stepped on to my first flight, these ideas weren't so present. I had lost my dad to cancer and was able to take some time to grieve and find peace - these became my primary goals of the trip. As I traveled, both goals intertwined. I found peace in many ways. I met amazing people. I meditated. I volunteered in Nepal and Democratic Republic of Congo and lived with host families. I was a tourist. I slowed down. I was not pre-occupied by any other thought process beyond where I was, who I was with, what I was doing, and how I was staying in touch with my friends and family. In nearly every country I visited in my travels, I had to drink bottled water. Some places had running water that was not safe. Other places had no running water. Water was a constant theme that I could not ignore. Drinking water was an issue virtually everywhere. In the DRC, water was transported by foot to the house, boiled to drink or heated to bathe by bucket. I visited natural bodies of water sailing in Vietnam, stand up paddle boarding through mangroves in Cambodia, swimming in Lake Kivu in DRC, rafting on the Nile River in Uganda, and surfing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Nicaragua. I felt compelled to get involved and to be employed with an organization working towards making progress in the water sector. I am proud to work for Water For People, a Denver based NGO, working towards meaningful, sustainable solutions to water and sanitation issues in India, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras. Our mission is to provide everyone with access to clean drinking water and sanitation solutions forever in the districts where we work. My colleagues in the field are citizens of the countries in which they work. I believe in the sustainability of our model and the quality of the partnerships that Water For People has forged in its 25 years of work. I invite you to help me towards my goal of raising $1,000 in honor of Water For People’s 25th anniversary or even in honor of your relationship to water! Thanks!