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2012 was a big year for Vermont-based Pure Water for the World, an organization that provides underserved communities in developing countries with water filtration systems and hygiene education to prevent water-borne illness thus improving the quality of life for thousands of children and their families. Pure Water works in Haiti and in Central America.
Some highlights from 2012:
- The Haitian government granted Pure Water official NGO status in early 2012, making it possible to partner with other organizations and government groups to reach those in the greatest need. There are fewer than 200 officially recognized international NGOs in all of Haiti.
- Carolyn Crowley Meub, Pure Water’s Executive Director, presented at Rotary UN Day on November 3, 2012 at the United Nations in New York City. Meub’s speech on “Water and Peace” highlighted the need for safe water around the world.
- Pure Water was accepted into the Millennium Water Alliance, a coalition of organizations working together to improve water quality around the world. This alliance assists Pure Water in networking and building partnerships in order to more effectively provide services to its beneficiaries.
- To commemorate Pure Water, Vermont Governor, Peter Shumlin declared World Water Day, March 22, 2012, as Pure Water for the World Day.
- As part of a Congressional delegation, Marcelle Leahy and Marsha Cheney, respective spouses of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and U.S Representative Peter Welch, along with several other congressional spouses, visited Pure Water’s filter factory and training area in Port au Prince, Haiti.
- In recognition for its work, Pure Water won the Eastern Region “Disaster Relief and International Aid” category in the annual Stay Classy awards. Pure Water’s Executive Director, Carolyn Crowley Meub was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change. Carolyn was also recognized on the floor of the U.S. Senate with a mention in the Congressional Record.
“The need in the communities where we work is so great, and there are many more communities asking for our help”, ” said Carolyn Meub, Executive Director of Pure Water for the World. “2012 was a big year for us as an organization. However, there is still a great demand for water, sanitation and hygiene services. Support and recognition like received last year is vital to our work in improving the lives of families in need of clean water, a basic human right.”
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 Central America. Learn more at purewaterfortheworld.org.