Crawfordsville native and Wabash College graduate Evan Bayless wants to help end the global water crisis.
Bayless, a marketing consultant with Eli Lilly, has been interested in ending the global water crisis ever since he was young.
“My father is a hydrologist and we frequently discussed clean water scarcity and the concern of the growing global water crisis at the dinner table,” he said. “Clean water means education, income and health but today, 663 million people are living without clean water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide or twice the population of the United States."
In 2011, he traveled to a remote area in Africa and saw how poverty, drought and hunger vastly affected the area.
“It broke my heart to see so many people suffering because they lacked the resources to survive,” Bayless said.
Approximately 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by unsafe and poor sanitation water, he added.
Bayless now has one goal in mind for his 30th birthday — raise $30,000 in 30 days through Charity Water, a non-profit organization that helps any developing country in the world create clean and accessible water. Charity Water will use 100% of the donations to find the best location to help start drilling wells or adding spring protections and/or sand filters.
Once the proper site has been found, Charity Water will send Bayless photos and GPS coordinates to see the community that has been helped through the donations.
“For most of us, we are fortunate enough to have clean and accessible drinking water in the U.S.,” Bayless said.
So far, he has raised more than $6,000 and will continue to take donations through the end of the month. With the amount raised to date, Bayless has helped a little more than 200 people to have clean and accessible water. If he can reach his goal of $30,000, that would help an entire village.
To donate, visit online at https://my.charitywater.org/evan-bayless/evan-s-30for30-campaign?fbclid=IwAR2CVzETf4QMdRsddg9zIz61_D5LzWnkZx-OTYIOJgPpUMIRzix8Oq2WfAE. Any amount is welcome.