Glass half full

Glass half full

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Matt Turner (BS ’08), shown in a photo taken last summer in Vea, Ghana, is co-founder of Defy Thirst, a nonprofit that provides water filtration technology to developing countries with the goal of making drinking water safe, cheap and available. Over time that mission has grown to include additional divisions of relief—such as emergency refuge, children’s education and environmental improvement—under Defiant Missions, an umbrella organization. Defiant Missions commits 20 years to each community, establishing long-term relationships and working to address a series of problems. Past projects have taken place in Ecuador, Ghana and in Haiti, where they built two homes, established medical clinics, provided eight water filters and launched four youth soccer teams in Deuxieme Plaine, a town of 8,000.

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