WBEZ | Living Water International http://www.wbez.org/tags/living-water-international Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: WGN’s Randi Belisomo in El Salvador for Living Water International http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-wgn%E2%80%99s-randi-belisomo-el-salvador-living-water-international <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/water.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Consider this&hellip;every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. And also, more people in the world own cell phones than have access to a toilet.</p><p><a href="http://wgntv.com/bio/randi-belisomo/">Randi Belisomo</a> reports for WGN-TV. And <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/global-activism-wgns-randi-belisomo-travels-haiti-memory-her-late-husban">we talked with her in 2011</a> about her work for <a href="http://www.water.cc/">Living Water International</a> in Haiti in honor of her late husband, Carlos Hernandez Gomez. And she&rsquo;s back with us just off a trip she took to El Salvador for the group. Living Water International implements water solutions in 25 developing countries.</p><p><em><strong>Meet Global Activists like Living Water International at the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172">2013 Global Activism Expo</a>.</strong></em></p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-wgn%E2%80%99s-randi-belisomo-el-salvador-living-water-international Global Activism: WGN's Randi Belisomo travels to Haiti in memory of her late husband http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/global-activism-wgns-randi-belisomo-travels-haiti-memory-her-late-husban <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-13/water1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every Thursday on <em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a>,</em> we hear from a Chicagoan who works to make the world a better place. Today, we focus on two individuals steeped in the world’s water crisis.</p><p>Water plays a central role in global poverty. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. When an individual takes a five-minute shower, he or she uses more clean water than a typical person in a slum uses in a day. Access to sanitation is so underdeveloped that more people in the world own cell phones than have access to a toilet.</p><p>No event in our hemisphere put the water crisis front and center more than last year’s cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti. The tragedy also highlighted one central truth of the global water crisis: the problem is an issue of access, not scarcity.</p><p>Today we meet Michael Mantel, president &amp; CEO of <a href="http://www.water.cc/" target="_blank">Living Water International</a>, an organization that implements water solutions in 25 developing countries. We also speak to <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-randi-belisomo-bio,0,1841977.story" target="_blank">Randi Belisomo</a>, a reporter for WGN-TV who just returned from a reporting trip with LWI in Haiti. While in the earthquake-ravaged country, Randi visited a memorial well built in honor of her late husband, Chicago reporter <a href="http://www.cltv.com/about/cltv-hernandezgomez-bio,0,946503.story" target="_blank">Carlos Hernandez Gomez</a>. She will chronicle her trip all next week on WGN’s <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/newsatnine/" target="_blank"><em>News at Nine</em></a>.</p><p>Michael and Randi join us to discuss water, both as a solution and central problem, in international development.</p><p><em>You can read Randi’s blog posts from Haiti <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/blogs/journey-to-haiti/" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p><p><em>We invite listeners to suggest locals who we should feature include in </em><a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a><em>. Special thanks to Megan Moriarity for suggesting Living Water International.</em></p></p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/global-activism-wgns-randi-belisomo-travels-haiti-memory-her-late-husban