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Ronda and the Neverthirst crew are packed and ready for India. Source: Ronda Robinson/WBRC Ronda and the Neverthirst crew are packed and ready for India. Source: Ronda Robinson/WBRC
The airport sign in India welcomes travelers. Source: Ronda Robinson/WBRC The airport sign in India welcomes travelers. Source: Ronda Robinson/WBRC
Ronda had the chance to see the Taj Mahal during her first day in India. Source: Ronda Robinson/WBRC Ronda had the chance to see the Taj Mahal during her first day in India. Source: Ronda Robinson/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for our very own FOX6 investigative reporter, Ronda Robinson, as she travels over 9,000 miles from her home in Birmingham to spend a week in India. Ronda will be visiting local villages in India while exploring the urgent need for access to clean water.

Although clean water is something a lot of us in the United States take for granted, that same resource is a death sentence for people all over the world. Many will walk for hours each day to carry a small bucket of water to fill the needs of an entire family, while others drink contaminated water resulting in sicknesses and death.

The United Nations reports that 4,500 children die daily from a lack of clean water. Over 3.4 million people will pass away from no access to clean water on a yearly basis. In India alone, more than 900 million people live on less than $2 a day with 130 million people having no access to clean water.

Ronda landed in India on Friday night after three flights and 24 hours of travel. She caught up with FOX6 via Skype to speak about her trip with Neverthirst Water (www.neverthirstwater.org), a Birmingham nonprofit that works to fill water needs by providing clean water through local churches in India, Africa and Cambodia.

Ronda will be traveling with Neverthirst Water's director of development, Brandon Gossett, and Neverthirst Water co-founder Mark Whitehead. Throughout the week, Ronda will interview local villagers who were recently given the gift of water through water wells provided by Neverthirst Water.

"(Neverthirst) actually provided me with the opportunity to tag along on this trip," Ronda said. "During this trip, I'm going to take a look at a well that was paid for through donations from the Iron Tribe fundraiser here from last year. I'm really excited they gave me the opportunity to document this every step of the way."

SLIDESHOW: Ronda's trip to India with Neverthirst

A number of Neverthirst Water wells in India have been funded by Iron Tribe, as well as other local Birmingham families and popular organizations around the city like Steel City Pops. Iron Tribe Fitness' CEO, Forest Walden, actually helped start Neverthirst Water five years ago. Since then, Iron Tribe has provided 150 total water wells to villages around the world.

"They have nowhere to get water," Walden said. "So, they get it from sources you and I would never consider drinking from--creeks and polluted wells. A benefit that comes from (these wells is) the kids can go to school now because they're not working and they're not walking four hours a day to get clean water for the family. But, it all steams from a clean drinking water source."

The folks at Neverthirst Water say traveling to India isn't the only way to help out those in need.

"If you're not able to travel with us to some of the remote places we work, we simply ask you that help us share the story of what God's doing around the world," Neverthirst co-founder Mark Whitehead explained. "There are two primary ways you can get involved on a daily basis. One is to pray. The other way you can get involved with Neverthirst is to support the work. Since 2008, we've been able to provide over 200,000 people (worldwide) with access to clean water through local churches and ministries on the ground."

Ronda will continue to post video and pictures during her journey in India. You can follow Ronda and the Neverthirst team through social media as they travel.

Ronda's Twitter: @RondaRobinson

Ronda's Instagram: ronda_robinson

Neverthirst Water's Twitter: @Neverthirst

They will also be posting on facebook www.facebook.com/wbrcrondarobinson and www.facebook.com/neverthirstwater

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