An Aggie's Quest To Quench The Thirsts Of People In Need

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email
  • Each case of water is $20, which equals one LifeStraw.
  • All of the money goes back to helping people receive resources for clean water. 
  • Local partners include MugWalls Java Bar, LaSalle Hotel and Hastings Entertainment.

BRYAN - Water is life, but to millions of people around the world, it can be deadly. According to UNICEF, one out of nine people do not have access to clean drinking water. This kills 1,400 children around the world daily.

After traveling on a mission trip and seeing people drinking contaminated water first hand, Texas A&M junior Brian Lamb took it upon himself to help change the world.

"Here I am in the United States, with all of these nice things," Lamb said. "Everyone has nice things and this kid was just trying to make it by."

He started Replenish, a ministry that provides clean water resources for people globally. He said the process is simple.

"If you buy a case of water, we donate a LifeStraw to someone who doesn't have clean water, one for one," he said.

The LifeStraw acts as a purification filter. People can drink straight from any water source without getting sick. It allows someone clean water for up to three years and removes 99.99 percent of bacteria, virus, measles and cholera.

Each drop on the logo represents one of their missions: to provide clean water to those in need, to create community awareness about the global water crisis and to spread the love of God through clean water. Only in it's second year, the ministry has already aided 12 countries outside of the US, including countries in South America, the Phillippines, Haiti and parts of Africa. It has even gained the attention of MLB All Star Lance Berkman, who supports the company's mission.

"If we see people in need and all we do is talk about meeting those needs, but don't do anything about them, we haven't helped them at all," said Berkman. "Replenish is doing something about a great world wide need."

Lamb is humbled by the support he is receiving, but what drives him to continue his ministry is the joy he sees when people they realize they can finally drink clean water.

"You can't really underestimate the power of a smile or the power of a hug," said Lamb. "Just a simple act of kindness really goes a long way."

He said that is a trend he hopes he can spread.

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