844 million individuals lack entry to wash water, based on the World Well being Group. Whereas this actuality could also be onerous for us to understand, the shortage of water around the globe results in meals shortage, poverty, illness and demise. Youngsters are hit notably onerous by the shortage of water and spend their days gathering water for his or her households fairly than attending faculty.
Ph8 Foundation is working to vary this actuality; this group is offering individuals across the globe with entry to âclear, protected, sustainable sources of water,â not for a day, not for a month, however for the remainder of their lives. Ph8 is making land fertile, permitting youngsters to stay higher lives, and theyâre enhancing the well being of townships and cities around the globe. By 2030, Ph8 hopes to assist the United Nationsâ attain its Sustainable Improvement Aim of unpolluted, protected water entry for everybody on earth.
We just lately partnered with PH8 Foundation on a current journey to Cambodia. Â Their work is making a profound distinction on the earth and we couldnât be extra excited to be part of it.
We had an opportunity to take a seat down with Mike Angel CEO/Founding father of Ph8 Foundation. Mike is the sort of man who radiates a constructive power thatâs inevitably contagious; heâll put a smile in your face a few half of a sentence into your dialog. You’ll be able to really feel Mikeâs ardour for his organizationâs mission in each sentence, however he additionally has this grounded, realist mentality that you simply respect seeing in a pacesetter.
Hereâs what Mike needed to say:
Detour: Letâs simply kick issues off by speaking just a little bit concerning the Ph8 Foundation
Mike: We offer clear water options in that locations that basically, actually need it. And it’s not simply drilling wells, we wish to name it âprescription.â What we do is as soon as we enter [a community] is we wish to see what the the simplest and environment friendly [water] answer is for the individuals. So for instance, in Ghana we created an electrical freshwater nicely, the place the youngsters don’t should spend their time pumping water, like a daily nicely. Itâs photo voltaic powered, and with the push of a button, it fills up a poly tank, goes by means of a filtration system, and other people can simply entry the water by twisting a knob. In Cambodia, most people have water, however itâs contaminated with E.coli like loopy! So for them, we needed to create bio sand filters alongside with different varieties of water filtration techniques. One other factor that we do once we present these options is we wish to make use of native those that know learn how to present the options, so we’re additionally offering jobs.
One factor that basically struck me to my coronary heart, was seeing all these farmers rising crops with contaminated water. And when water is contaminated and also you’re rising crops (you’re rising apples, youâre rising tomatoes) this water goes to destroy the vitamins that the youngsters want to be able to truly stay a wholesome way of life. Certainly one of my nice associates, [Kevin Kassel], he’s the CEO of Aqus, shared that saving a toddler’s life might [happen with] a $30 water filter…So, you’re telling me that if I present a $30 filter for this baby, that the lifespan of this baby might be expanded tenfold?! It’s issues like this that we don’t actually see or take note of, and that’s why I’m so captivated with water. We will’t have schooling for those who don’t have water. You possibly can’t have a profitable, wholesome way of life with out clear water. So, that’s why Iâm so fired up proper now. I’m passionate concerning the international water disaster, and I do know we will put an finish to it throughout our lifetime, as a result of there are plenty of options on the market.
We all know the way to do it, all it takes is us coming collectively, working in unison. Ph8 Foundation, Detour Bar, our collaboration, spreading extra consciousness, elevating extra funds to offer these options for these individuals.
Detour: That’s an superior mission. I really like the eagerness, your degree of understanding, and skills that youâre group is offering for the trigger, Itâs all simply obtrusive out the door with what Ph8 is all about. So, with that in thoughts what are a number of the issues your constituents and beneficiaries love about your group?
Mike: Properly, you realize the entire charity world that we see could be very conservative, itâs very purple or blue. You are feeling like there’s an enormous hole in making a platform the place you’ll be able to have a number of consciousness happening. So, the best way we increase cash is by internet hosting occasions referred to as Get together with a Objective. We intertwine yoga, meditation, sound therapeutic, we’ve got stay artwork, wine and artwork, EDM music. Our companions are Titos Vodka, 2 Cities Cider, and 100% [of donations through Parties with a Purpose] goes on to the trigger. And I really feel like proper now there’s such an enormous hole, the place when individuals hear, âhey weâre a charity, give us donations,â they already begin to defend up. They don’t even need to hear the mission assertion. In the event you’re strolling down the road, and also you see individuals with hats, carrying iPads, they usually’re making an attempt to speak to you about one thing, what are the probabilities that anyone goes to cease and actually speak to them? Perhaps 1 in 10. So, now think about if we incentivize on our way of life.
Detour: Thatâs nice stuff. So, with every thing you simply stated, what do you assume are a number of the most influential elements to Ph8âs success?
Mike: We function as a horizontal group, there’s no actual hierarchy; everyone is a pacesetter. So, I consider that our individuals and the intention is what [creates] our success. It’s the love and the eagerness that everyone has; everyone has one thing to convey to the desk.
You don’t appeal to what you need. You appeal to who you’re. In order that’s the kind of folks that [Ph8] is surrounded by–individuals with nice intentions.
Detour: Now, letâs flip the coin over. What are a number of the massive challenges you guys have in finishing your mission?
Mike: So, going again to being a 100% charity mannequin, all of us have aspect jobs to fund our flights, to fund our keep, and to fund our meals whereas we’re on the market finishing tasks. That’s just about the toughest problem. However by some means the universe has it the place it’s robust, however we nonetheless find yourself making it occur.
Detour: For somebody simply attending to know your group, the extent of ardour and dedication I can hear resonating out of your voice is admirable, itâs refreshing. So, what are some plans for the longer term, whatâs forward for Ph8?
Mike: Â Hereâs what’s happening, we’ve got this Cambodia journey occurring. Weâre going to offer water for 1,500 individuals, by construct latrines and a water filtration system for a faculty.
In early 2018 weâre headed to the Philippines by Bohol, in Davao Metropolis, and we’re additionally working with and forming partnerships with charities in Nepal, Ethiopia, and Malawi. These are a number of the areas the place individuals actually desperately want [water]! Particularly in Cambodia, and oh my God, Cambodia is such a peaceable nation. There’s a lot pleasure going round, and a small act of kindness can change any person’s life over there. These are the areas that that we particularly selected as a corporation.
Detour: That’s massive. Thatâs a tremendous method to tie issues collectively and an superior plan for progress. I’ve to ask, what are a number of the shocking classes that you simply’ve discovered alongside the best way to the place you at the moment are with Ph8?
Mike: Oh brother, thereâs rather a lot! OK, first, we’re simply extraordinarily blessed. Lots of people don’t see that, however going into this mission and seeing the water shortage and experiencing it as nicely has simply modified my life utterly. On the street with Ph8, I’ve simply discovered to like unconditionally. Perceive that everyone has their very own journey, however we’re all the identical. I see America a completely totally different method. Earlier than this, oh my God, I used to have ego, I used to only complain concerning the littlest issues. And one other factor that basically fascinated me is the influence that may resonate the world over from just a bit act of kindness; it could possibly simply change anyone’s life so drastically. And now, I see day by day as a miracle, I anticipate miracles to occur. Thereâs that saying, âyou’re both a blessinâ or youâre a lesson,â and we now have to take care of that progress mindset, all the time. All the time continuously rising and rising and studying and sharing. I’ve discovered all this from launching this group, and I’m nonetheless always studying and rising. Weâre all academics and college students on the similar time. That’s why I’m doing work elsewhere in addition to right here.
One factor we do for our group is each Saturday we’re partnered up with this group referred to as Purple Eye, they supply youth mentorship. So each time we’re not out offering clear water you’ll discover us…mentoring youngsters. I consider in setting nice examples with individuals, it actually resonates, power is contagious, and we’re such intuitive beings. So if we begin educating the youngsters at a younger age about love and giving again by the point they attain our age they’ll surpass us, and theyâll maintain emanating that love. There’s much more brother that I can speak about, however these are an important factors by way of this journey.
Detour: Let’s speak somewhat bit about how can others become involved in supporting your mission. How can individuals become involved with Ph8?
Mike: I feel one of the best methods to do it’s to succeed in out to us at ph8foundation.org, or by way of contributions, however not simply donations. In case you have assets, when you have connections, if you wish to unfold consciousness, or Â share us on social media. When you’re in L.A. you possibly can come to [Saturday] hikes at Runyon Canyon Park at 9:00 a.m. [We] convey a jerrycan that weighs 45 kilos. Some youngsters in Africa should stroll about three.7 miles day by day with this factor on their head, it’s so heavy! So. what we do is, we wish to have the those that come on the hikes really feel what it’s like to hold this huge jerrycan of water. There are a number of avenues to assist us out, however not simply by way of donations, via assets, as a result of on the finish of the day, we’re volunteer based mostly.
Detour: Will do… So, with this mindset, and with the whole lot weâve talked about, I’ve yet one more questions. What are a few of the issues that youâve been capable of obtain as a corporation?
Mike: Would you consider that with one occasion, we have been capable of present 1,186 college students in Kumi, Uganda clear water for all times; from one [brunch] occasion, in lower than a day. That to me was thoughts blowing. One other one which I’m actually pleased with is, we like to assist out anyway that we will, and [in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey] Corey Taylor and one other Ph8 co-founder Gordon Zhou, took a pink eye to Texas to go assist individuals with their houses. And that’s one thing that we’re going to be launching on the aspect, an emergency and catastrophe aid sector. Iâm additionally pleased with the best way we fundraise. We had an occasion referred to as Resonate, the place we had sound therapeutic, meditation, yoga and so forth., and we have been capable of change 800 individuals’s lives in Cambodia, that to me simply felt superb. It simply actually helps the truth that somewhat easy act of kindness can go a great distance; Itâs simply individuals coming collectively in unison and actually caring a few hardship that they haven’t needed to expertise. I’m pleased with that as properly.
Detour: I really like that. I really like the eagerness thatâs pouring out of you, due to what youâre doing, and what youâve carried out. The previous, the current and the longer term with Ph8, itâs inspiring. I actually recognize your time at the moment.
Mike: Thanks, Iâm extraordinarily grateful for you guys taking the time to listen to our story, and unfold the message, Iâm endlessly grateful, for positive.