Pure Water for the World
The lack of clean water, lack of sanitation, and unfamiliarity with good hygiene practices kill more people every year than all acts of war and violence, auto accidents, and HIV/AIDS combined. 780 million people have only dirty water to drink. Dehydration and malnutrition from resulting diarrheal disease kill 2.4 million people every year. 90% of these deaths are in children under the age of 5.
Pure Water for the World provides safe drinking water, hygiene education and sanitation to children and their families living in underserved regions of developing countries. We currently have projects in Haiti and Honduras.
In Honduras, Pure Water is working in the Trojes region- one of the most rural and underserved areas of Honduras- which borders Nicaragua. In this region we have provided safe water, hygiene education and sanitation to more than 77 of the 200 Trojes villages. It is our goal to reach all those communities in need of our services. So far, Pure Water has been able to provide safe drinking water to 3,349 homes and 42 schools thus benefiting 15,613 people in Trojes. We have recently partnered with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST) to implement a Water and Expertise Training Centre (WET Centre). Through this partnership, PWW and CAWST will provide water project implementation trainings to communities and organizations throughout Central America.
In Haiti, Pure Water has been working since 2008. Our work initially began in schools, orphanages and health clinics located in the poorest regions of Haiti. The majority of these locations were in Cite Soleil, the poorest slum in the western hemisphere. Since our work began, we have provided emergency relief- due to the January 2010 earthquake- and have partnered with many organizations following the earthquake to provide safe water and hygiene education. Recently we started working in the rural communities of Haiti providing a total community project. The community projects, similar to our work in Honduras, provide safe water and hygiene education to both schools and homes. We have successfully completed several community projects and are looking to continue. Pure Water partners with CAWST in Haiti and operates a WET Centre there as well. This work was started in January 2013, and so far has been very successful. So far, Pure Water has provided safe drinking water to 1,443 homes, 1,877 schools thus benefiting 596,888 people in Haiti.