For Immediate Release
April 20, 2007
Duffy, World Vision
New Pipes Mean Renewed Life for
Thousands in West Africa
April 20, 2007, Seattle, WA - World Chlorine Council (WCC) donates
$125,000 for PVC pipes, which means access to safe, clean water
for tens of thousands of people in West Africa. The World Chlorine
Council is a global network of national and regional trade associations
and their member companies representing the chlorine and chlorinated
"The World Chlorine Council's generous gift is a prime example
of how an organization plays a vital role in facilitating safe access
to potable water," said Bismark Nerquaye-Tetteh, Secretariat of
the West African Water Initiative (WAWI). The generous grant will
be used by World Vision to purchase extensive amounts of polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) piping for its WAWI operations in Ghana and Mali.
"World Vision knows that clean water is essential to life. We're
proud to partner with the World Chlorine Council in supporting efforts
to ensure that WAWI communities in need receive this life-giving
resource," said Rich Stearns, President of World Vision.
PVC piping, a product of chlorine is a bacteria-resistant material
that helps maintain the quality of water when it flows from local
borehole wells to various communities in rural Africa. The bacteria-resistant
PVC piping is essential to ensure residents continue to receive
a safe and clean water source.
The World Chlorine Council actively supports the West African Water
Initiative, and provides PVC pipe and other materials used by WAWI
member organizations like World Vision.
In partnership with WAWI members, World Vision is drilling 825
borehole wells and providing other water technology systems in rural
West Africa, bringing the gift of health and clean water to nearly
500,000 people over a six-year period.
World Vision and other WAWI partners know that water is life.
Access to clean water can prevent death, end conflicts, save precious
time, and provide the key to transform entire communities. World
Vision water projects have given more than 10 million people access
to clean water and improved sanitation over the past 20 years.
The West African Water Initiative was inspired by the vision of
the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and grew from years of experience
with World Vision and other partners in Ghana to provide rural water
supply and sanitation as the entry point for community development.
Several other leading organizations in international water management
were invited to engage with national and local governments, citizen
groups, and communities in West Africa, and jointly address critical
human health needs, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development
through better management of water resources.
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organization dedicated to working with children, families and their
communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the
causes of poverty and injustice. We serve all people, regardless of
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