The global water crisis: Pawel Alva Nazaruk interviews Water is Life founder Ken Surritte

December 27, 2016

Who is Ken Surritte?

Ken Surritte is a philanthropist. He is also the Founder and CEO of WATERisLife, an organization that deals with water crisis, provides clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs to communities around the world. Whilst working in Kenya to provide an essential well for a children’s home, Surritte noticed that the children were still getting sick, and discovered that the source of the problem was the drinking fountain at the school. In actuality, this drinking fountain turned out to be a stagnant pond.

This was the driving force behind Surritte to found WATERisLIFE. WATERisLIFE has the global goal of making sure everyone has access to clean drinking water, and of raising awareness that a water crisis impacts everyone.


What does this podcast discuss?

6000 people die per day because they do not have access to clean drinking water–5000 of these fatalities are children. We are facing a global water crisis. After the recent occurrences in Flint, Michigan, you will of course be well versed in knowing that it is not just developing countries that will be impacted.

Ken Surritte also presented in the TED Talks and discussed the positive approach to the world water crisis and proves that each person has the ability change the world.

This is not an excuse to ignore developing countries either. Currently, 80% of hospital patients in these countries are suffering from waterborne diseases. The problem has gotten so bad that most parents in Sub-Saharan Africa don’t name their child until they are six months old so they are not let down. Imagine yourself as a parent doing that.

Why should I listen to this podcast?

Ken Surritte is not a harbinger of doom. You are not going to get lectured on how to change your lifestyle like most eco-warrior podcasts. Instead, Surritte produces tangible solutions which have the potential to end the global water crisis.You will not feel scared after listening to this podcast, you will instead feel revitalised with a burning belief that you can make a difference and provide a planet with clean drinking water!

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