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Pure Water for the World, Inc. announced today receipt of a $150,000 grant from the Hoehl Family Foundation of South Burlington, Vermont, for the purpose of advancing the organization’s work in Haiti. Pure Water for the World is a US-based non-profit that provides point-of-use filters, sanitation and basic hygiene education to communities in Central American and the Caribbean.
Pure Water for the World (PWW) has been working in Haiti since 2008, where only 58% of Haitians have access to clean water, and just 19% have access to good sanitation. Over 50% of all hospital beds in Haiti are occupied by patients suffering from the effects of waterborne bacteria or parasites — the second leading cause of death in children under five. Since it started working in Haiti, PWW has provided water filtration systems and hygiene education to 4,000 homes and 1,500 schools and care facilities. 365,000 people have directly benefitted from PWW’s programs.
“Pure Water for the World is a leader in the sector in part because of its comprehensive monitoring and evaluation program”, said Carolyn Meub, Executive Director of Pure Water for the World and 2012 White House Champion of Change honoree. “Thanks to the simplicity of our operating model, we have grown quickly in Haiti. But if effectiveness of our work was to continue to improve, we needed to hire a local representative to monitor our existing programs and make suggestions for future projects. According to Water.org, less than 1% of worldwide water projects receive follow-up monitoring — a critically important component to program success. This generous gift from the Hoehl Family Foundation will allow us to monitor and improve our projects at a level second to none.”
The Hoehl Family Foundation was created in 1996 by Robert Hoehl, co-founder of the IDX software company (now GE Healthcare), along with his wife, Cindy, and their children in South Burlington, Vermont. Since its inception, the Hoehl Family Foundation has donated millions of dollars towards the health of needy children and their families in Vermont and around the world.
About Pure Water for the World
The goal of Pure Water for the World is to prevent children from suffering from painful and debilitating waterborne diseases caused by drinking contaminated water and by improper hygiene habits. They do this by providing sustainable safe drinking water filtration systems, latrines, and hygiene education to families and communities in Haiti and Honduras. Learn more at purewaterfortheworld.org.