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Who We Are
Water Charity was created in late 2007 by JahSun and Averill Strasser while travelling in Central America. By 2008, we had become a 501 (c)(3) based in California. While our first project was done to benefit the "workers" at the Guatemala City Dump, Water Charity started with a truly international focus, working in dozens of countries right away, and quickly expanding to our current 69 countries. With our new program in South Sudan, and a number of potential new projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we are constantly expanding! Our projects have gotten bigger, but Water Charity remains the results-oriented, expeditious organization we always have been, with projects going from inception to completion in a month or two on average.
Meet our leadership:
JahSun - CEO
JahSun is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Water Charity.
He is a noted, world-touring, international DJ, producer, and musician... as well as a writer, futurist, humanitarian, and more. JahSun has been active in a large number of causes over the years, bringing to WC his laser focus on actually helping people, efficiency, and getting things done in a sustainable manner. His decades of experience in entertainment cemented his dislike of superficial glitz, photo ops, galas, and the myriad ways other charities manage to spend a ton of money without really doing much for the people they claim to serve.
JahSun also dabbles in design and graphic art. He not only designed our logo, but he even designed this website.
Beverly Rouse – Executive Director, President
With more than three decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, Beverly Rouse brings her extensive experience in fund raising, operations and executive management to the Water Charity administration. Her background includes nonprofit support to advance health science, engineering, horticulture and hospitality. She comes to us from her position as ED of the nonprofit Cancer Support Community of Pasadena.
Beverly earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colorado State University and her Masters of Business Administration from California State University Pomona.
Averill Strasser – Secretary/Treasurer, COO
Averill is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Water Charity. He has vast experience as an attorney, engineer, businessman, and nonprofit executive.
Averill received a JD degree in Law from UWLA, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Systems Engineering from UCLA. He worked as a lawyer in Beverly Hills for many years, before embarking on a new career as a businessman and philanthropist.
While serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia (’66-’68) he worked as Professor of Engineering at the University of San Andres in La Paz.
Jacqueline Chan, DrPH. – Advisor
Dr. Chan was the original ED of Water Charity, and now serves as an Advisor.
She received her Doctor of Public Health degree and served on the faculty at Loma Linda University, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor at that institution. Her emphasis has been on preventive care, which is the lifestyle management of disease, and epidemiology.
Her primary interest has been in the various aspects of water. She conducted the seminal research into the relationship of water and fluids other than water on the risk of fatal and non-fatal heart disease, stroke and total mortality.