The first 26 seconds are difficult. But after that? 745 people made my day.

We've all heard the line: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." But what does that look like in practice?

I need you to imagine something.

C'mon, humor me, and actually try to imagine what it would be like if you had to deal with the following things:

Well, that would suck. And it *does* suck for way too many kids and families out there. More than 6 million kids will die before they turn 5 for reasons that are largely preventable. Not good!

There's nothing cool about not being able to breathe, and I think I can say that because cooking over a fire every day is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes A DAY. Not to mention a lot of these people have to spend 40% of their income *just* on buying charcoal.

Yeahhhh. Water. It's important.

So why did we just go through all that? Because for some people, they don't have to try really hard to imagine these things — they live with them every day.

In certain areas of Haiti, India, Kenya, and Uganda, that was the situation just four years ago.

But not anymore. Enter: The Adventure Project.

Community members have started to be trained to perform jobs that directly affect their lives and the lives around them. So far? 745 of them.

Those 745 people are now thriving, caring for their families, sending their kids to school, and supporting over 1 MILLION people in their communities with food, clean water, improved health, and a safer environment.

The Adventure Project is the organization behind training these people to support themselves. If that name sounds familiar, there is good reason: In 2013, Upworthy supporters helped raise $50,000 for their clean-stove initiative.

Hooray for results!

Clearly, there is still a LOT of work to be done in this field, and a lot of different organizations and communities are working together to make it happen. You gotta love the progress though, and these hard-working folks are definitely worth celebrating:

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