My dear friend Doc Hendley, Founder of Wine To Water, a 501(c)(3) non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world, has written a book which is the namesake of his organization, “Wine To Water: A Bartender’s Quest To Bring Clean Water To The World.” In 2009, Doc received the CNN Heroes Award for his humanitarian efforts in countries around the world, to get access to clean drinking water to so many people in desperate need of it.
Doc never set out to be a hero, but his calling to do something to help people suffering from diseases and more often death, due to the plagues of drinking contaminated water gripped the depths of his heart. He watched mothers watch their children slowly die in their arms, because these children’s immune systems were too vulnerable from drinking polluted water. In most cases, this is the only water source for them to drink from. It is often shared with animals and is more than likely the only place to bathe.
Nearly one billion people in the world today lack access to adequate water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. Wine to Water is devoted to fighting this epidemic. Please check out the following video interview of Doc’s quest to help fight the global water crisis and save lives.
I highly recommend that you read “Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest To Bring Clean Water To The World.” The horrific experiences that Doc witnessed, particularly in countries like Darfur, can often result in deadly consequences for innocent children, adults and even aid workers. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, but will definitely make you take an assessment of your life and ask yourself what you are doing to change the lives of people who genuinely and desperately need it.