Obviously, the nearly one million people in the developing world who are gaining access to the life- giving water they need through the work of charity: water have seen their world transformed by Scott Harrison. Harrison's personal transformation has been just as great. When he left behind the party scene, he quit smoking (something he'd tried and failed to do twenty times previously), quit using drugs, and got his drinking under control. He's married to a young colleague from charity: water with whom he expects to work on humanitarian causes for decades to come. And in an amazing and happy confluence of events— whether you choose to call it a miracle, as Harrison does, or just a wonderful turnaround— even Harrison's disabled mom has recovered after twenty- eight years of suffering. They recently had dinner together in a restaurant for the first time in their lives. And although Scott has not returned to the traditional, conservative religion of his boyhood, he definitely sees his new life of service as a response to a spiritual calling.
Scott Harrison's journey is an extreme example. He went from a life of total self- indulgence to one of complete dedication to the needs of the least fortunate. But his actions have also engaged the lives of thousands of others whose devotion is less extreme. Through his photographs, the videos on his website, his newspaper and TV interviews, and the speeches he gives in schools and churches, Harrison has helped educate countless Americans about the problems faced by the "bottom billion" in Africa and Asia. And through the work of charity: water, he has enabled thousands to help shoulder the responsibility for alleviating that suffering, giving ordinary citizens, most of modest means, the opportunity to make the world a better place, one village well at a time.