Our mission is to create a world without thirst, within our lifetimes.
We believe that Clean Water, Healthy Food, Quality Healthcare and an Enriching Education are not just basic necessities, they are human rights which everyone in the world can and must have access to. However, with 663 million people lacking access to water1, nearly 800 million people without enough food to eat2, over 400 million people without access to essential health services3 and 124 million children out of school worldwide4, our work is certainly cut out for us.
These are monumental problems that cannot be solved overnight. So where can we begin?
By ensuring that every human being has access to clean, safe, sustainable sources of water, we are going directly to the point of greatest impact. When our mission is complete, villages that couldn’t grow crops will be self-sufficient, diseases that used to kill millions will simply disappear and children who used to spend their days gathering water will spend them in school instead.
Furthermore, millions of jobs will be created so that those who previously couldn’t see past surviving today will be able to dream of creating a better tomorrow
Why We Have Hope
From 1990 to 2015, the percentage people with access to improved sources of water rose from 76% to 91%5. An amazing achievement, especially considering that the global population rose by over 2 billion people in that same amount of time6. We are inspired to witness these trends, and we fully intend to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goal of clean, safe water access for everyone on Earth by 2030!
Join us, spread the word and let’s quench global thirst together!
The PH8 Foundation started with a group of close friends who all believe that access to clean, safe water is a basic human right. With awareness of the global water crisis growing each day, we know we must do our part to educate others and take action. By supporting efforts that maximize sustainable water access in developing nations while minimizing damage to the environment, we know we can achieve our mission of ending global thirst in our lifetime, forever.
Miguel A.Fernandez Jr.
Miguel Angel Fernandez Jr., better known as Mike Angel, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. The son of a loving, hard-working immigrant couple from El Salvador, Mike has always been passionate about helping others. He worked in Hollywood from 2008-2015 when the idea for the PH8 Foundation came to him. Mike wasted no time in assembling the best and brightest in order to make the dream of ending world thirst a reality.
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning how to dance in the rain”
Mike learned Danish while studying business in Denmark after High School.
From an early age, Gordon Zhou had a strong desire to help those less fortunate, but lacked direction. After meeting professor M.D. Kinoti, who taught the importance of philanthropic impact on both a global and individual level, he was inspired to take his first steps in the direction that he’d sought. Gordon is proud to now be part of a team that understands these principles and applies them to its mission each day.
“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision” - Dalai Lama
Gordon was the shortest of over 3,080 students throughout his entire 4 years of high school.
Russell Curry Is a Model, Tutor and Film Producer born and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Groomed for the spotlight from an early age, Russell has been involved in the entertainment industry since the age of eight. Now, twenty years later, after countless musical performances, appearances on both stage and screen, a degree from UC Irvine, and executive producing the independent feature film "Boiling Pot" Curry is honored to contribute to the PH8 Foundation’s mission of ending global thirst within our lifetime.
“Life without knowledge is death in disguise” - Talib Kweli
Russell is Tri-Racial - Black, White & Japanese
Los Angeles native Kevin Sonei loves few things more than bringing a smile to people's faces. As one might expect, Kevin found himself drawn to the world of stand-up comedy. Realizing that he wanted to give back to the world through more than just laughter, he decided, along with good friends Mike and Gordon, to take on the challenge of eliminating global thirst. Thus, the PH8 Foundation was born and Kevin now looks forward to bringing smiles to the faces of those that the foundation’s collective efforts serve.
"It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go." - Jim Rohn
Kevin Is constantly battling Mike for the title of “M.V.P.” (Most Valuable Punner)
Melissa Bruno hails from the small-town of Rialto, California. After relocating to Los Angeles and enjoying a successful career in dance, Melissa realized she wanted to be a part of something bigger. When asked to join the PH8 Foundation she knew it was the opportunity she was looking for. Now, in her role as Communications Director, Melissa is able to impact the lives of so many who are in need, something she believes is the duty of those who are fortunate enough to be able to give back.
The word itself says “I’m possible”
At the age of 11, Melissa starred in a commercial for Bratz dolls
Siddharth Bafna, better known as 'Sid' in the western community is a Humanitarian Yogi first, followed by being an Attorney and a Photographer. Although he claims that he belongs with every element in this wonderful world, his roots are from Pune, India. He comes from a family that strongly believes in uniting the life around us, so as to raise and support the underprivileged. His journey in the US commenced with University of Southern California, where he pursued his Master of Laws and is currently building platforms to gather similar minded souls who wish to make a difference in this world. As his journey continues, so does his wish to convey that, "Our life is not only ours to live.
“A World full of love, light and laughter has come. Let us make it happen!”- Sadhguru