By Matt Shilts
While traveling to the base camp of Mt. Everest, Shirley Adams had to cross seven bridges. Their absolute necessity made her reflect on the people who served as bridges in her life. She also had time to reflect on the severe poverty around her, and all this led her down the path to helping the global fight for clean drinking water.
She founded Bridging the Gap, a foundation that raises money for clean water access mostly in Mali, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia and Uganda.
This story originally aired on North State Public Radio on 07/05/2016, and was produced in partnership with the North Valley Community Foundation.