We are pleased to announce the H2O Talks — “Health…Humanitarian…Opportunities” will be presented by two well-known guest speakers, Michael E. Campana, Ph.D., and Thom M. Hanna, RPG.


Hydrophilanthropy: What Can You Do?

presented by Michael E. Campana, Ph.D.

Oregon State University

“Water is H2O: hydrogen two parts, oxygen one. But there is also a third thing that makes water and nobody knows what that is.” 
— D.H. Lawrence

“The road to help is paved with good intentions.” — Tracy Baker

Hydrophilanthropy, a term coined by NGWA member David Kreamer, Ph.D., refers to the practice of providing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) access to those who struggle to achieve these benefits that those in the developed world often take for granted. When you realize what the term means, your first inclination is to say, “Oh yeah, I understand. That’s what the Gates Foundation, World Vision, Save the Children, Water For People, and those other groups do. camp_foundNot much I can do, except maybe write a check.” But there is more you can do. “What?” you ask.

Stay tuned as Campana, 40-year NGWA member, and founder and president of the Ann Campana Judge Foundation, a hydrophilanthropy he established in 2002 in memory of his younger sister, shows you what others like you are doing to bring safe water to the world’s forgotten people.

The ACJF works in Central America building WaSH systems and provides funding to others to do the same.

Exploring the Adaptive Sports for the Disabled on the Ski Slopes and Outdoors

presented by Thom M. Hanna, RPG
Johnson Screens

An active member of the 29-year-old Adaptive Sports Association (ASA), long-time NGWA member Hanna pursues his passion to help those with disabilities enjoy skiing and other outdoor sports. Through his involvement with ASA, he is able to work with students to overcome physical and cognitive challenges in a supportive environment.

hannaDave Spencer, the founder and driving force behind ASA, lost a leg to cancer while in college in Wisconsin. He came to Purgatory, Colorado, through a ski magazine advertisement after returning to skiing as part of his rehabilitation program. “When I discovered I could ski, I suddenly had the feeling I could accomplish anything I wanted,” Spencer said.

Through the years ASA has grown to encompass additional activities including rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, canoeing, bicycling, and overnight camping. ASA also provides sport and recreation activities for special education classes within the local school districts and trains Special Olympics athletes during the winter months. ASA serves more than 450 individuals with the help of almost 250 active volunteers. ASA’s programs help to enrich and transform the lives of people with disabilities through sports and recreation.