He’s bringing the water of life
IMPROVING the lives of some of the world's poorest kids is the goal former Lismore man Christopher Ryan has set.
He has started a non-profit social enterprise called Every Single Drop that aims to work with oil and gas companies in East Timor to supply clean drinking water to villages.
"Water is my passion and the world is in big trouble. It's not fair that kids living 45 minutes from Darwin are dying from water-borne diseases," he said.
Mr Ryan has recently returned from his first self-funded trip to Timor and next month will be collaborate with Oxfam to begin a pilot program in Oecussi-Ambeno province.
He has set up a trust fund and will roll out projects as money filters in. "There is so much to be done, but we have taken the first steps," he said.
Mr Ryan said because East Timor had good annual rainfall, water tanks would be the most obvious way to harvest clean water and then provide adequate plumbing to houses.
"Water is such a fundamental, basic human right."
The inspiration for the project came from when he worked for oil and gas companies in North Africa.
"Kids were dying from water-borne diseases while I was living and working in these multi-million dollar complexes," he said.
He said an important part of the project was an education campaign in Australia.
"I want to make kids aware how fortunate they are to have clean water when there are so many children suffering without it," he said.