The filters installed in the two countries impact 4,500 people
Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF) completed two projects in the Dominican Republic, impacting 550 families.
With the help of city of Lighthouse Point, Fla., residents and other individual and corporate donors, WWIF was able to fund the two projects in partnership with the Safe Water Team (SWT) and Project Las Americas (PLA). PLA provides humanitarian assistance directly and to other nonprofit organizations, enhancing the well being of and providing hope and opportunities to the disadvantaged.
The Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana, an organization managing the Safe Water Team’s Hydraid distribution center in the Dominican Republic, executed the second phase of the ongoing San Jose Ulloa project. This project was started in the summer of 2012 and this year an additional 150 families in San Jose Ulloa received biosand filters. The entire village now has clean, safe drinking water.
The distribution of the remaining 400 biosand filters was led by PLA and executed in partnership with the Peace Corps throughout the Dominican Republic.
In partnership with SWT and Safe Water Ghana (SWG), WWIF continues to fund Hydraid filters in Ghana.
After completing work in Bagliga earlier this year, SWG was given the go-ahead to continue installing filters in surrounding communities. Two hundred more families have received filters since the completion of Bagliga and 300 more are scheduled to receive filters in the next few months. The filters installed in the Dominican Republic and Ghana impact a total of 4,500 people.
WWIF will continue to work with SWT and PLA to fund projects in the Dominican Republic, Ghana and other countries where the organizations have a presence. “This new model, partnering with other organizations with the same or similar mission as ours, is working out great,” said Guillermo Guzman, WWIF founder and CEO. “It allows us to positively impact more people with fewer resources. We are committed to continue nurturing existing partnerships and to develop more of the same as we move forward into 2014."