Field Note #162: My Wine To Water Story
Philadelphia chapter member Alan Lloyd is a civil engineer at a company that works on roads, water systems, and other infrastructures. He recently told his Wine To Water story on The Civil Engineering Podcast Episode 076: Two Professionals in the Civil Engineering Industry who are Impacting the World Beyond their Engineering Projects. Below is Alan's account of how he got involved with W|W and why he loves telling his W|W story to everyone who's interested.
Prior to getting involved with Wine To Water, I volunteered for service projects with my local church. One of my fellow churchgoers was David Cuthbert. When he moved to Boone, N.C. and became president of Wine To Water, I wanted to learn more about the organization. Wine To Water embodies so many qualities that I look for in a nonprofit. They are focused on clean water, hygiene, and building community both abroad and locally.
There are only a few things in this world that each and every person needs to have. Access to clean water is one of them. It is such a basic necessity for existence that I have a hard time accepting that there are people in this world that don’t have access to clean water. I want to be a part of the solution to this problem, and Wine To Water is a great organization to spend my time and money with.
Before I decided to get involved with Wine To Water, I wanted to do a "trial" project trip in 2016 to Uganda. When I returned, I immediately worked with other people in the Philadelphia area to run a local chapter. I also booked my second trip for 2017 to Nepal! Since then, we have hosted many local events in Philadelphia, and we are already planning our next service trip, possibly to the Amazon. Along with others, we also are active participants with monthly giving to “The Tap”.
The trips are life changing. The experience in Uganda and Nepal were so very different, but both were amazing. With both trips and the local Philadelphia events, the best thing that has happened to me since joining Wine To Water is the formation of new friendships. I have contacts now in Uganda, Nepal, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, as well as Philadelphia, Seattle, Boone, etc. I’ve learned a lot about how water systems work. I’ve learned firsthand how drinking contaminated water can affect your body. I’ve learned that people can have little to no possessions in life and still be happy and content. I’ve learned that community is everything. I’ve learned that we all need to be a part of the solution to the water crisis. I’ve learned that the water crisis is real.
I love my Wine To Water family and I’m so glad to be a part of it.
-Alan Lloyd, Philadelphia chapter member and Nepal and Uganda volunteer