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The Gift of Water Live Chat Transcript

If you missed the chat with Jane and her guests David Simms and Ken Wood, you can catch the conversation here.

Comment from Tom: Ken, I understand that you have brought clean water for the first time in their lives to well over 300,000 villagers. Do you have an estimate of the cost of doing this on a per person basis?

Wood:  The cost per person is $3 to $4, minus the cost of the equipment. Running the water lines can be $4 to $8 per person, depending on the size of the village.

Comment from Rebecca: I am 58 this November 5th. I have all the time in the world and am not a wealthy person.

Pauley: Rebecca, I like your comment. Not all of us have the skills to drill wells or the expertise to sit on a board of directors so I’m going to ask David to give thought to how the rest of us might support the work of nonprofits in a more general way. So stay posted and we’ll get back to you.

Comment from Chris: David, I have a passion for food, wine, travel and art - been working with arts non-profits for a while. How does one take the fun things in life and turn it into a successful second career?

Simms: Chris, there are many nonprofits that help to connect the finer things in life - like art - to people that may not have a chance to experience them. Why don't you look for a school in your community where the kids may not have a chance to truly experience the things you love? In sharing your love of things, I'm sure you will find some teachers and kids who would benefit from your passion and wisdom.

Comment from David: I've been in television and media for over 25 years. How could I offer my help? I just recently retired.

Pauley: David, David Simms agrees with me that many nonprofits might benefit from someone who could help spread the word of an organization’s work or get the message out. He specifically mentions a group called http://www.commonsensemedia.org.

Comment from Nancy: Ken, when will your group be returning to drill?

Wood: We have a crew drilling there as we speak, and we'll go back in January to drill with a second rig.

Comment from Kate: Ken, your story was very inspiring! Thanks for all you are doing!

Comment from Maggie: How would someone who is interested in organic gardening and nutrition get the best use out of their skills?

Simms: Maggie, there is a lot of energy throughout the nonprofit sector right now on children's health and the problems of obesity. The First Lady has made this one of her key issues. Can you take your expertise in nutrition and organic gardening and connect with a nonprofit working on this issue? In Boston, there is an organization called the Food Project that ties this type of work into serving people in the inner city.

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