Jon Rose was a professional surfer for 13 years. As his career began to wind down, he started looking for ways to give back. He was inspired by his father, who worked for years on water-based philanthropy projects in Africa. Although Jon didn’t want to replicate exactly what his father had been working on, he wanted to start something similar on his own as a side project. He learned that 1 out of 6 people, or 1 billion people worldwide, don’t have access to clean water. He also learned that extremely affordable water filtration systems were already available. So with this in mind, he decided to take his first aid trip to Indonesia in 2009. While he was there, a major earthquake occurred and this changed everything- he knew he needed to dedicate his life to helping communities get access to clean water. Jon founded Waves for Water in 2009; since then, they’ve distributed more than 100,000 water filters and directly impacted more than 7.5 million people in 17 countries.

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