George Greene IV is President and COO for Water Mission (WM) in Charleston, South Carolina. WM is a nonprofit Christian engineering ministry providing sustainable safe water solutions, through a Christian world view perspective, to people in developing countries and disasters. WM approaches all work with a sense of urgency and a commitment to excellence. The ministry’s faith and belief in the sanctity of life compel its staff to develop and implement the best technologies and community development programs so that, through the work, God will be honored and glorified and lives will be transformed for eternity.
WM serves all people regardless of age, gender, race or faith. Mr. Greene’s responsibilities include oversight of WM’s three divisions (including Volunteer and Investor Partnerships, Corporate Services, and Operations). His experience over the years includes time spent working on projects in Afghanistan, Belize, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, Peru, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.
About Water Mission:
In 1998, our founders, Molly and George Greene III, were operating an environmental engineering company in Charleston, South Carolina when they heard about the devastation in Honduras caused by Hurricane Mitch. After receiving a request for multiple water treatment systems in Honduras, and being unable to find existing systems that would work, George and his team of engineers took action to build such a system – and thus the idea for Water Missions International was born.
When the Greenes arrived in Honduras, they were shocked by what they found. The river that flowed through a nearby village was the color of chocolate milk, deep brown with toxins, bacteria, and hopelessness. The residents of the village referred to it as the “River of Death” – no one survived once they drank from that river. As one of the newly built water systems became operational, the local villagers were still terrified to drink any water from the river – whether it was clear or not. So Molly and George placed their own lips to the hose and drank the newly purified water. With that action, Molly and George bridged the final gap and the villagers swarmed forward to drink the water.
In the aftermath of their Honduras trip, Molly and George discovered the sad truth about the global water crisis – that billions are forced to drink dirty water every day. In 2001, the Greenes took action to combat this reality and founded Water Mission.