Mark Foster, Isom Innis, Carlson Young, Jamal Waswa, Izzi Innis, and John Karna in Uganda for a water celebration
I had the pleasure of summiting Mt Kilimanjaro as part of “Summit on the Summit Kilimanjaro
” with Mark Foster from the band Foster the People, the band made famous by the award-winning song “Pumped up Kicks.” This climb was organized to raise awareness about the global water crisis, which it did successfully. It also built a connection between World Vision and “Foster the People” that brought a reliable source of clean water to a community in Uganda.
Izzi Innis, sister of Foster band member, Isom Innis, met George, a young boy, while volunteering at a clinic in Uganda (Photo: Izzi and George at the Water Celebration in 2016). Like many people in his community, George was having difficulties related to unclean water. Izzi contacted me to see if World Vision could provide a water well in George’s community. In order to help get clean water to George and his neighbors, Foster the People participated in the social media effort, Water Now, supporting World Vision water in raising awareness and funds to address the global water crisis. That effort reached more than 1 billion people, and was the largest social media effort ever supporting the UN’s World Water Day. And, I’m thrilled to say that it was also successful in raising funds for a new water well for George’s community.
Foster the People recently visited George and the community benefitting from the new clean water source. In addition to Izzi and her brother Isom, they were joined by Mark Foster, from the band, and Carlson Young, Isom’s fiancé and acclaimed actress in MTV’s TV series “Scream.” Izzi told me, “This trip was truly life changing for all of us. I’m so grateful for the hard work by World Vision and that George and his community now have clean water.” You can view the celebration as the community receives clean water here