Tomorrow we fly to Haiti. Let me take you back to how it all started:
4 years ago, in the summer of 2014, I got a call from @shroder
who, as a ripping skier and fly fisherman based in Jackson Hole, was one of our brand ambassadors. It went something like this, "Hey, you've gotta meet my brother Jesse. He has been working on clean water access in Haiti ever since the 2010 earthquake. He's an awesome guy. Oh and he has a PhD in Sustainability." As you can imagine, we get approached about potential water partnerships on a regular basis. So often they go nowhere, either because the values, goals, geography or timing are not aligned. So I've learned to be very selective on when and where to invest time in exploring partnerships for water projects, actually all partnerships in general. I exchanged a couple emails with Jesse and we scheduled a call. He was in Charleston SC at the time, but would be passing through Southern California in a couple weeks and asked if we could meet in person. I stayed open minded, but I was skeptical it would go beyond talk.
Well Jesse, here we are my man. Four years after we first exchanged emails, we have build 14 rain catchment systems complete with concrete cisterns that hold up to 5000 gallons each. We've also repaired or retrofitted a handful more, improving access to clean water for over 2400 people in the remote mountains of Haiti, including over 1200 students. We have rebuilt 2 collapsed buildings and 2 roofs, including rainwater harvesting equipment, that were destroyed during Hurricane Matthew. And now we have two more complete systems under construction. We've done this in communities that have been almost completely ignored despite all the global aid that has poured into Haiti since 2010.
Tomorrow we fly to Haiti. Myself along with my dear friends @sean.stahl
your going to get us at the airport, right?⚡️ Eli, co-founder