It Changed My Life

It Changed My Life: Once decadent nightclub promoter, now founder of global water charity

In his 20s, Mr Scott Harrison worked as a nightclub promoter in New York. But a volunteering trip to Africa changed his life. He started charity: water, an organisation that provides clean water to millions in developing countries.
Mr Scott Harrison (second from left) with his water project workers. His charity has funded 30,000 water projects in 26 countries. A one-year stint with Mercy Ships, a floating hospital, changed Mr Scott Harrison's "corrupted" perspective on life. He
A one-year stint with Mercy Ships, a floating hospital, changed Mr Scott Harrison's "corrupted" perspective on life. He returned to New York to set up a global charity to bring clean water to the world and get people to care about an issue which affects one in 10 people worldwide.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Nightclub promoter turns his back on a life of vice and debauchery, and sets up global water charity

One October night in 2004 in Liberia, Mr Scott Harrison chugged seven cans of beer and finished two packets of cigarettes.

There was a reason for the alcoholic and nicotine binge - it was his last dalliance with these habits. The next day, the then 29-year-old New Yorker would be walking up a gangway to board Mercy Ships, an old cruise ship converted into a floating hospital.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 17, 2019, with the headline 'Redemption in quenching others' thirst'. Print Edition | Subscribe