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John and Hank interview Mike McCamon, Chief Community Officer of Water.org.
Hank: We're back inside! Um-

John: So much warmer!

Hanker: Yes it's- it's nicer. Los Angeles, what a surprise!

John: It's cold and rainy! (Hank laughs) But we're here with Mike McCamon from water.org. Mike, thank you so much for being here. I'm wondering if you can tell us a little bit about what you do at water.org - what your job is, and also what the organization does.

Mike: Sure. So I'm the chief community officer, and my job is to find ways to engage people with the issue.

John: And what does- so- find a way to engage us with the issue! (everyone laughs) Talk to us about- talk to us about water.org and what you guys do and where you do it.

Mike: Sure. So um- what our primary objective is, is to get people safe water and sanitation around the world. We do work in Africa, parts of Asia and also in Haiti and other parts of central America as well. The problem is huge. I mean, there are billions of people that suffer from the water issue. There is the issue around getting access to water - there's hundreds of millions of people who don't have that. And about 2.5 million people don't have access to a toilet. Which actually means there's are more people on the planet that have a cellphone than actually have a toilet.

John: Wow.

Mike: And so our job is to actually help these people solve that problem.

John: Wow. That is an astonishing fact.

Hank: I actually went toilet, cellphone, personally.

John: (laughs) Yeah! I did too.

Mike: That is kind of the way we do it here in the West. Is to go in that order.

John: (laughs) Yeah. And- and I wonder if you can talk a little about the- the problem of children and clean water. And the sort of economic impact that this has, because so many women who would otherwise be out working, are forced to be at home taking care of sick children, and then also have to travel just- unfathomable distances.

Mike: It's actually very hard for us here, I think, to imagine what life would be like without having water. Or without having a toilet. And actually it's the building block of modern civilization. I mean, if you think about it, if you don't have access to water, you have to go collect it some place, which means, at least for children and women, they can't do anything else. I mean, many teenage girls actually drop out of school because they have to go on water collection with their families, to actually get water for their families. Of course, it has a very big impact on the health of families as well. If they drink tainted water. Four million people a year die because of the water issue. In fact, one child every fifteen seconds dies from lack to access of safe water. What's so amazing- it's such a huge, huge problem, and it's such a simple thing to go fix.

John: Right.

Mike: I mean, there's no cure required! We know- we know what we need to do, we just need to put some shoulder behind it and go make something happen.

John: Right. Well, we're gonna watch a video, I think. And then we're gonna come back and we're gonna talk about what we can do to make stuff happen. But first, let me remind the viewers - you can go to projectforawesome.com any time and at projectforawesome.com you can find lots of ways to donate to all the charities that we've talked about tonight, but let's go- let's go watch this fantastic video.

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