While spending the summer in Africa, Jonathan Wiles, our VP for Program Excellence, returned to Kibera, the continent's largest slum. The first time he'd fixed eyes on it was 10 years ago—nothing has changed. His visit begs the question, why is development so hard?
Please give a great big, virtual welcome to Sara Olivieri! She joined our Houston team three weeks ago in a brand new position that will connect you even more with what's happening in the field. Get to know her a bit and keep an eye out for the great stories she helps us discover!
Inspired by another child advocate a few years her senior, Hattie, a kindergartener at Bessie Ellison Elementary School, wondered what she could do to offer clean water, too. She decided to write and sell poems door-to-door in her neighborhood! We love her resourcefulness and the power of her words.
Matti finishes every public speaking engagement with the promise that "kids can make a difference." She should know. Mattie is 10.
Deep in the slums east of Nairobi you'll find a Living Water pump that not only provides water to 350 schoolchildren, but also to underage Kenyan girls rescued from the sex trade and to an entire community of 1,000 when municipal water supply is revoked. Everything begins with water. Even freedom.