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Kansas City, MO, March 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Children International and Planet Water are collaborating on a project that consists of building five AquaTowers in five days leading up to World Water Day on March 22. The project is taking place in the Dominican Republic at schools and Children International community centers, and will meet the daily water needs of thousands of people.
The communities that will be impacted by the project have access to water, but have no means of purifying it. The AquaTowers serve as water filtration systems that rid the water of contaminants that can make people sick, including bacteria, viruses and pathogens. After each AquaTower is installed, Planet Water and Children International will provide water, health and hygiene education to the communities, including topics such as the importance of hand washing.
Lack of clean water, along with poor hygiene and sanitation, can cause illness and even death. For the sake of the children in its program and the communities where they live, Children International participates in a number of wide-ranging sanitation, hygiene and water projects, such as the AquaTowers for World Water Day in the Dominican Republic. The project’s emphasis on providing impoverished people with access to clean water supports Children International’s vision – that children in its program graduate as healthy, educated, self-reliant adults with the ability and drive to break free from poverty while improving their own communities. Children International believes that healthy children have a better chance at overcoming poverty and leading happier, more successful lives.
With funding partner Timberland’s hands-on help and other Children International donors, two AquaTowers were built at primary schools in Santiago on Monday and Tuesday, and three additional AquaTowers will be built Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week at Children International community centers in Boca Chica and Bayaguana, as well as a local school in Bayaguana. Timberland, the global outdoor lifestyle brand, has operated its own footwear factory in Santiago since 1982.
When the World Water Day project kicked off on Monday, Children International president Jim Cook said, “Obtaining clean water is one of the greatest challenges facing impoverished children and their families. This collaboration with Planet Water will provide access to clean, safe water for thousands of people – and ease their anguish over the effects of contamination on their children.”
Planet Water’s CEO and founder Mark Steele concurs. “As one in eight people worldwide do not have access to safe, clean drinking water,” he said, “Planet Water is pleased to provide our AquaTower solution to benefit the communities served by Children International.”
Learn more about Children International’s clean water and sanitation projects or make a donation here.
About Children International
Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience, and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.
For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.
About Planet Water Foundation
Planet Water is a U.S.-based, nonprofit organization focused on bringing clean water to the world’s most disadvantaged communities through the installation of community-based water filtration systems and education programs on water-health and hygiene. The organization’s projects are focused on schools, children and rural communities that lack access to clean, safe water. Planet Water has completed projects in 10 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Information about Planet Water is available at http://www.planet-water.org.
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