Briefing Prepared for __________ Improving Access to Clean Water Is at the Top of Americans’ Global Health Priorities
People in the state of Georgia are leading the effort to solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge. There are numerous faith-based, civic, and academic initiatives for WASH underway throughout the state. The top programs in the state include:
The Downtown Macon Rotary Club sponsored Water Team International and helped raise over $1.5 million in grants to supply clean drinking water to 240,000 people in Guatemala, India, Panama, Pakistan, Belize, Malaysia, Philippines, Haiti, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mexico, and Honduras.
Coca Cola invested more than $30 million to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to over 8 million people in more than 45 countries.
CARE International, based in Atlanta, has over 927 poverty-fighting programs that deliver safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene to over 3.3 million people.
The Georgia Institute of Technology Engineers Without Borders Chapter designed a water distribution system in Uganda that serves over 1,200 people.
The Rotary Club of Atlanta was awarded the Crystal of Hope Award as the top humanitarian project in the world for their Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) initiative that dug wells and provided clean water to Kenyans in rural villages.
The Seacoast Church of Savannah raised over $350,000 to provide access to clean water in communities in Brazil, Haiti, Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Togo.
Dalton Rotary Club funded a water project in Haiti that provided clean water to residents in rural communities.
Other notable efforts include: Rotary Clubs in Georgia
Partnered with SWAP on the Kenya Water Project Initiative to build 100 water wells, benefitting over 200,000 community members
Hosted Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President & CEO of the Task Force for Global Health, who raised awareness among Rotarians about cholera, onchocerciasis (river blindness), and other global diseases
Rotary Club of Perry
Donated $1,000 to fund the delivery of water filters to Nicaragua
Partnered with ERSLA (Emergency Response Services for Latin America) to deliver 20 water filters to Nicaraguan families living in communities at high risk for waterborne diseases and intestinal parasites
Emory University–Center for Global Safe WASH, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta
Conducts applied research, evaluation, and training to promote universal access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions in Trinidad, Bolivia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Brazil, Madagascar, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Mexico, and Mali
Savannah State University, Savannah
Partnered with the Durban University of Technology on a $50,000 research project to design low-cost ultra water filtration systems using locally-sourced materials for use in developing countries
WASH-Focused Organizations in Georgia
Coca Cola, Atlanta
Recruits 5 million women entrepreneurs to operate EKOCENTERs Slingshot water purification systems that promote sustainability by increasing access to clean water in 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America
Launched Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) that provided $30 million in funding and provided 2 million people in 35 African countries with safe drinking water and improved sanitation
Collaborated with Coca Cola India to launch UN-HABITAT, an initiative that aims to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation in South Sudan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Bhutan
Partnered with WaterHealth International’s Child With Water (CWW) Program to deliver 500 million liters of safe drinking water a year to 1 million schoolchildren in 2,000 schools
Improve International, Atlanta
Facilitates ongoing water services through private sector, local community partnerships, and government investments that fund the implementation of water and sanitation projects
Collaborated with Georgia Tech students on a review of water point mapping and monitoring tools in Nicaragua
Start With One International, Atlanta
Designed a Sanitation-Hygiene Education and Clean Water curriculum focused on waterborne diseases and prevention by using Sawyer Point One filters
Provided access to safe water and educated youth in 21 schools throughout the Dominican Republic and Haiti about the importance of proper handwashing and sanitation, benefiting nearly 14,000 students and staff
Sponsored trip an orphanage in Haiti that provided the children with drinking water and neighborhood water access
Delivered solar powered water filtration systems and implemented a water system management plan for 3,000 villagers in Nepal
Leave a Trace Foundation, Kennesaw
Tested and analyzed water samples in Santo Domingo and co-developed water access solutions with Buckner International staff in the Dominican Republic
Partnered with Delta Airlines and installed 25 filtration systems in two orphanages in Peru, benefiting 800 children
Installed electrolysis water filtration system at a rural school in Peru and trained school staff and community leaders on system maintenance
Received a $40,000 grant from Startup Chile, a collaboration of Georgia Tech Research Institute, EWB-GT, Emory University, and a Bolivian nonprofit, to research solar sanitation products for low-income residents and low-infrastructure areas in developing countries
Received funding from the CDC, UNHCR, and Norwegian Refugee Council to provide 30 toilets for 300 refugees in Kenya
For more information, please contact John Oldfield at WASH Advocates:
202.293.4049 joldfield@WASHadvocates.org Updated: December 2015