"Everything is possible with a water well."
So says Nick Jordan, co-founder of Wells of Life, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing water to impoverished African communities.
His organization is committed to drilling 1,000 wells, which would give water to 1 million people by 2018.
Jordan was previously involved with Fields of Life, Wells of Life's sister organization, which builds schools in Africa. During a trip there in 2008 with Fields of Life CEO Trevor Stevenson, Jordan realized a lack of water had a real hold on communities and decided to get involved.
"During the course of that trip, I heard everywhere that lack of water was the basis of poverty," said Jordan, a Laguna Beach real estate broker with Jordan Group, First Team Estates. "The reason girls didn't attend school was because they were hauling water with their mothers."
Jordan and Stevenson started the Laguna Beach-based nonprofit in 2008, and the group began drilling wells the next year. It has drilled 134 wells so far.