A fortunate few find their life’s work during their junior year in college. Such was the case for Gary White when he was on a mission trip to Guatemala.
“It was my first trip out of the country,” he told Global Atlanta while visiting Kennesaw State University for the March 15 opening of its School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development.”
“I visited the slums. I saw the water. I saw the sewage,” he added. “I’d had social justice instilled in me from an early age. I had attended a Christian Brothershigh school and I was interested in engineering.”
He chose civil engineering as his major at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., saying that the course of his lifework was set at the crossroads of engineering and social justice.
Once he received his master’s degree, he went to work for Catholic Relief Services and soon headed up their water projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Some 30 years later, he still is devoted to improving clear water availability around the world, and modestly calls himself a “one trick pony.”
Even so he is much in demand these days ranging from attending a panel at Kennesaw State to joining the actor Matt Damon, his partner at water.org, on the Trevor Noah late night Comedy Central tv show.
Their awareness that water scarcity was a pressing global problem brought the two together from their independent initiatives to break down barriers between people and access to safe water.
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Posted: March 23, 2018