The new water systems were funded by the Grundfos Kansas City Walk for Water, which raised $50,000 last June in support of Water Missions International, an international non-profit committed to fighting the global water crisis. A gold sponsor, Morgan Hunter contributed $10,000 to the cause.
In celebration of the recent installations, Grundfos and Morgan Hunter held an employee event to highlight how the Walk for Water transformed the quality of life for villagers in Dauphine and Rossignol, where the $50,000 funded not only the water pump systems but also the training needed to sustain them and the hygiene lessons needed to prevent contamination.
Access to clean water is a luxury in cholera-ridden Haiti. Elsewhere in the country, the main source of water is typically a heavily contaminated, garbage-filled river also used for bathing and washing clothes. In a country where houses are made of plastic tarps and metal scraps and where electricity and paved roads are scarce, clean water is the first step toward healthier living standards.
“Those who participated in the Kansas City Walk for Water should understand the difference they’re making in villagers’ lives,” said Terry Teach, Grundfos’ vice president of Sales. “They need long-term, sustainable solutions in order to lift themselves out of poverty. That’s what we have provided.”
Teach visited Haiti last month to see the installation sites firsthand. He shared his experiences at the recent employee event, where other speakers included Lauren Jernigan of Water Missions International, Brian Price and Jerry Hellebusch of Morgan Hunter, and Bob Parks of Grundfos.
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ABOUT WATER MISSIONS INTERNATIONAL:
Water Missions International (WMI) is an engineering non-profit organization founded in 2001 with a mission to provide sustainable access to safe water in developing countries and disaster areas. By designing and implementing sustainable, low-cost safe water and sanitation technologies, WMI has brought relief and hope to more than two million people worldwide.
Water Missions International serves as a responsible steward of all donations. Water Missions International has been awarded Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating for five straight years for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Water Missions International from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.
For more information, visit www.watermissions.com.