From an early age I was fascinated and inspired by stories of hope, perseverance and compassion in developing countries. I took a personal interest in the varying cultures within Africa. These stories, to me, presented a stark alternative to the dominant narrative I was exposed to growing up, of people who were helpless, inept and pitiful. My experiences, travelling in both Eastern and Western Africa, have only strengthened my opinion but as a Political Scientist and Entrepreneur, it became evident to me quite quickly that the people of these countries face great challenges. So, I thought, if they're going to face them, then so will I. I've been very fortunate to work with an nonprofit organization called FACE Africa over the past year installing WASH infrastructure in remote areas of Liberia. I've grown to understand the immense impact that water and sanitation can have on rural communities. That the return on investment is not just in economic terms, but in health and prosperity and a sense of pride in the community. For this reason we've worked tirelessly to bring innovative solutions to some of the most underserved regions in the world. Together we've developed a social business with the goal of providing sustainable water service for thousands of rural communities effecting millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa. The challenge is immense. 768 million people globally lack access to safe water, 350 million in Africa alone. 2.5 billion globally lack access to proper sanitation. But I believe with the proper investment, collaboration and hard work we can solve these problems no matter how big. We have the resources to do so. We have the obligation to succeed.