The Thirst Project by Patrick Kolts
Thirst Project is a clean water initiative that focuses on motivating youth to be a part of making strides to eliminate the global water crisis. Their mission is to build a socially-conscious generation of young people who can end the global water crisis.
Photographer Patrick Kolts has been working with non-profits as a photojournalist for most of his career and has been involved with the Thirst Project for 3 years.
“I really love their process and approach. I think inspiring youth is the best way to make real, lasting change in any culture. Beyond getting involved in the education of the water crisis here in the US, they make a big impact on the communities and kids we are serving abroad. Telling communities that students raised this money through running races, doing car washes, creating products to sell, recycling cans, dance-a-thons, etc is a big realization and motivation for the people that benefit” says Kolts.
Often times, some of the kids from the program get to travel with the team and meet the communities they donated money to. The Thirst Project is predominately working in Swaziland, hoping to cover one whole country with safe drinking water so that anthropologists are able to study the impact of clean water on a country that has never had it. It has a goal to have Swaziland covered by 2022.
The Thirst Project also serves in Uganda, Kenya and El Salvador.