Alexander Mark was feeling like he had to do something. He wanted to make a difference, but didn't feel like the opportunities in school offered a true chance to do so. He decided to start his own company.
Alexander had designed t-shirts for contests and had a passion for having his own line someday. Using his design skills, he decided his company, One Hundred, would support global clean water initiatives with the profit. For each t-shirt you purchase the proceeds go to support groups on the ground. In a recent drive, One Hundred raised funds to support the International Lifeline Fund in creating boreholes in Uganda. They've now gotten two funded.
Alexander's drive and passion are inspiring. It's a reminder that making a difference means you don't have to necessarily be boots on the ground, but can use the skills you have to inspire change. Access to clean water is a huge problem. As it says on One Hundred's site, 1 in 7 people are without. One Hundred is a great solution for improving those numbers. Support them and buy a shirt today.
I'll end with this quote from One Hundred's blog post on what happens after a well is dug, because I agree with their thoughts on charity:
We here at One Hundred believe that charity doesn’t end when a school is built, or a well is dug. True charity needs to be long term, with commitment to extended education programs to help empower those most in need of help to help themselves. Clean water is the beginning; what happens after that is up to all of us.
Here's wishing Alexander and all those at One Hundred all the best.