More than 50,000 filters have been distributed since 2006
In collaboration with Safe Water Team (SWT) and its partner Safe Water Ghana Inc., Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF) was able to implement the first phase of its project in Bagliga, Ghana. The 100-family project was partly funded by the children of St. Paul Lutheran School in Boca Raton, Fla., who, in addition to providing clean, safe drinking water to the village, are busy collecting uniforms for donation to villages throughout the world where WWIF maintains a presence.
WWIF is a nonprofit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to developing areas. It is also a member of the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and is supported and operated by WQA members and other non-member companies.
Efforts to provide clean, safe drinking water to developing areas around the world got a boost recently when The Dow Chemical Co. donated its eighth shipment of plastic resin for use in Hydraid BioSand water filters to SWT.
When Dow joined the team in 2008, the company committed to donating 2 million lb of resin, enough to make 300,000 filters. Already, Dow has shipped more than 600,000 lb of resin. "Dow is proud to be a part of an effort that is, literally, a lifesaver for so many people," said Bo Miller, director of corporate citizenship for Dow. “The approach of the Safe Water Team fits perfectly with our goals to collaborate with multiple partners to do more good in the world, and this effort is a perfect fit with our citizenship priorities.”
“Dow’s support allows us to purchase the filter for less money and that in itself increases our ability to impact more people by reinvesting the savings,” said WWIF founder Guillermo Guzman.
More than 50,000 Hydraid filters have been distributed around the world since 2006. Joining Dow on the Safe Water Team are Triple Quest, Cascade Eng., Amway Corp., Litehouse Foods and Wolverine Worldwide, amongst others.