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Good morning John. This morning I woke up, used some water, then I used some more water, then I used some water, and used some more water again. If you walk around my house and jostle enough silver things, there's a really good chance that clean, safe, delicious, cold or hot water will start leaking out of somewhere. This is a nickel. If I see a nickel on the sidewalk, there is a fairly good chance that I won't even stop to pick it up. All the water that I used this morning cost me about one nickel. March 22nd is World Water Day; John, I think that we should take a moment to think about how freaking awesome our lives are. Last week, I woke up in Miami. I got on a plane, landed in Port-au-Prince, then I got on another much smaller, much bumpier, much scarier plane and then landed in a place called Pignon, a place of about twenty thousand people in central Haiti. I went to Pignon with to meet the people who live there and find out how those people live their lives. The morning after arriving in Haiti, I rode in the back of a truck to Savann Tabak, a village of about sixty households. The people of Savann Tabak got one of's carefully selected local partners involved by sending a letter to the mayor of Pignon explaining their situation. These people are the well committee; they are the people who, in a perfect world, wrote the letter together expressing an interest to have some organization come in and help them build a well. Two of these guys, Gloolinot here and Botes on the other end, clearly were the guys who actually wrote the letter. The rest of the people were wrangled by's requirement to have a broader coalition be formed. This coalition is necessary because otherwise Botes and Gloolinot could just say that they're the ones who brought the well to the community and that everyone owes them a gigantic debt of gratitude, and in the worst case scenario, they could actually start selling water for their own personal profit. These guys actually seemed a little bit frustrated with the process. They seemed to think that should just come and drill the well and leave them alone and not change the way any of the stuff is working. But since requires this committee to be formed, a committee with people from different genders, different religions, different neighborhoods, different families, the well becomes an asset of the community, not of one church or of one family. This woman, Ulna, obviously has seen a lot and wasn't takin' no lip from no one. I wouldn't want her as a second grade teacher, but I would be happy having her represent me in local government. Isaiid, the old guy at the end here, he was cracking jokes the whole time, trying to make everybody feel more at ease, and he was obviously a very well-respected member of the community. Jan Baptiste was the woman in the middle who I didn't catch while she was standing up - she was a quiet woman, but she was obviously there for her kids. She was very frustrated by the fact that her kids had been sick and that they spent more time fetching water than they did at school. Genna, this girl in the awesome hat, the youngest member of the well committee, was probably the most frustrated of everyone. She knew that there had to be a better way, but she wasn't interested at all in begging. She was just fed up with the situation and hadn't yet reached an age where she thought that it was intractable. She thought that there was a solution, and she was really ready for that solution. She seemed really able to step outside of the situation and be able to critique it in a way that was humorous, not overly critical. I just said that she could critique it without being critical. That is how awesome she was. These are the people of the Savann Tabak well committee, and this is mostly what I wanted to do today. I just wanted to introduce you to them. And now what I want you to do is go to and you can follow this community as they meet their milestones. has a very specific outline of what needs to happen for a community to come together and create a sustainable water project. Not just something that will help them for the next six months, but something that will really redefine their community. I learned a lot of things in Haiti, one of the most important was that not all non-profit organizations are created equal. And now myself, having done the due diligence and seeing the way that operates, I'm very comfortable asking you to donate money to The people of Savann Tabak have a lot of hard work to do before they can have a sustainable source of water in their community, but we can do our part as well, following them on that journey and helping them through that journey. There is no amount that is too great or small, we're just helping people get out of a situation that sucks. Thanks to and Haiti Outreach and all the amazing people who were able to help me bring this story onto the YouTube-sized screen, whatever sized screen this is. And if you want to check out more videos from Haiti, Lisa Nova and Timothy DeLaGhetto were there with me; you should check out their channels; they just made videos about Haiti as well. John, I'll see you on Wednesday.