Innovations in Smart Power: USGLC

Our friends at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) are featuring us in their 2014 Innovations in Smart Power Report! This yearly report features organizations and businesses that are making a positive impact towards global issues while simultaneously making a difference in their own areas. We are so honored to be among the other featured businesses and NGOs like the Coca Cola Company and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

This report focuses on the issues that each group is working towards solving, the innovation created to attack the problem, and the return on investment. It is inspiring to see a such a complete, well-written account of organizations that tackle a wide range of global hardships. Some of the issues in the report include clean water access, modern slavery, farming for women, and global health. The amount of innovation that these organizations achieve is astounding. With global problems growing everyday, innovation by big business and NGOs is becoming the smarter route that is also better for the world.

Take a look at the report by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/WfFa2m

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Head On

“Head on,” a phrase all about tackling something with full force and passion. What do you take head on? Right now at PackH2O, we are currently working to engage the vibrant city of Columbus in an initiative called Columbus Carries Hope. It is all about a city-wide collaborative effort using social innovation and community awareness to combat the water crisis. Columbus Carries Hope is powered by socially-minded people, like you, working together for a common cause: lifting up one million people from the burden of the water crisis.

Here at PackH2O, we take the water crisis head on. It is our driving force, what pushes us to keep working every day. Personally, when I back a project, I start out with excitement and energy to pour all of my efforts into it. However, this initial energy is only sustained through projects that I have a true passion for. PackH2O’s mission to ease the burden of water transportation for women and children in developing countries is something that aligns with my values and goals as a person. It is because of this that I never grow tired of working towards a cause like the water crisis.

So is the water crisis something that you are passionate about? Are you willing to take this project head on with us? If so, join us and some other inspired people on our mission to carry hope with Columbus. What can you do to help? The opportunities are endless.

Start by sharing our Facebook page (click below) and other social media pages with friends and family.

headonimage1_socialmediaAnd donate online with a fundraising team through our website.

10377023_563239750453927_164139520129826367_nTogether, we have the potential to make a huge impact.

 

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Women Empowerment = Nation Empowerment.

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“When you empower women, politically, economically and socially, you empower nations.”

-Ambassador Keith Harper;  U.S. Representative to the Human Rights Council

On Thursday, June 12, 2014 The Power of Empowered Women 2014 Event took place in Switzerland. New Zealand’s Ambassador, Amanda Ellis, hosted over 600 guests with at least 400 ambassadors. Our partner CXCatalysts was in attendance. Tess Mateo represented the Aguapack, a Guatemalan brand of PackH2O.

Ambassador Harper’s Remarks

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#ColumbusCarriesHope

Soon to be launched campaign, Columbus Carries Hope, will seek to align the efforts of people in our own community and bring clean water to 250,000 people in communities around the world by the end of 2015.

So as we come together this weekend for the 47th ComFest in our city’s history, to celebrate the vibrancy and unity of the Columbus community, raise a glass to the efforts that our city has brought fourth to promote prosperous communities around the world.

Because a community that has access to clean water is a healthier, safer community. Thank you for standing with us to tackle the water crisis head on over the past years–here’s to many more lives impacted.

“We think that people ought to work for the collective good of all people…” — Comfest Statement of Principles

Us too.

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Water Equality

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On too many occasions, water accessibility is an easy determinant of socioeconomic status. When a child lacks access to clean water or the adequate amount of  daily water, there is a domino effect of issues that follow.

  • Long walks to a well in the morning can make a child tired or even skip school
  • Bullying can occur when children are visibly unclean at school.
  • Young children are more likely to be impacted by disease.
  • Children are more likely to drop out when their family needs help at home.

Fact: 443 million school days each year are lost from water-related illness.

Everyone deserves equality. Everyone deserves clean water.

PackH2O is helping to make that a reality with our water backpack.

Give a pack and  help a mother and her children today.

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A Backpack that Saves Lives: National Organization Honors Ohio Company’s Mission to Rethink the Transportation of Water

Invention Can Save The Lives Of Millions Of Women And Children Who Die Of Preventable Diseases Caused By Unsafe Water

COLUMBUS, OH — Columbus for-profit social enterprise, Impact Economics, has earned a top “Smart Power Innovation” recognition from the Washington, DC-based U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) for its ground-breaking work with the Greif manufactured PackH2O water backpack that not only relieves the physical stress of carrying water long distances, but also keeps it safe from contamination for water-stressed regions all over the world. PackH20 has been selected as one of the 30 leading innovations across America tackling some of the world’s toughest problems in the “Innovations in Smart Power: Impact at Home & Abroad” report.

As more than one billion people lack access to clean water in their homes, leading to 3 million deaths annually, PackH20’s light-weight, water backpack is a revolutionary solution towards addressing the global water crisis.  The ergonomic, gender-neutral, and hands-free backpack eases the physical stress of carrying water by distributing the burden evenly on the wearers’ back and hips. When empty, the backpack is collapsible and seven times lighter and smaller than existing containers, such as jerry cans. The backpack also has a removable liner that, after use, is easily sanitized with exposure to sunlight.

PackH20 is manufactured by Ohio-based company Greif, Inc. and distributed by Ohio-based Impact Economics LLC both of whom are not only contributing to sales, business and processing jobs locally, but are also creating micro-business opportunities abroad. Currently, women in Guatemala and Nairobi are becoming micro-entrepreneurs by selling and repairing PackH20s in their own communities.

In partnership with The Clinton Global Initiative and the help of nonprofit partners such as Operation Blessing International, Habitat for Humanity International, Partners for Care, Partners in Health, Special Olympics & CxCatalysts, $1.2 million has been raised to help with the distribution of over 100,000 backpacks to more than 25 countries, including Haiti, Guatemala, India, Mexico, The Philippines, Kenya, and Malawi.

“PackH20 is one of the best examples of a smart, powerful innovation that is changing the world and making a difference at home in Ohio,” said Liz Schrayer, Executive Director of USGLC. “Using the power of the public sector, U.S. investments in global development are enabling innovators like PackH20 to take risks, bring their products to scale, and truly do well by doing good.”

“Innovations in Smart Power: Impact at Home & Abroad” is an initiative spotlighting American businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are working with the government to deliver innovative solutions to tackle some of the toughest global development problems.

As a “Smart Power Innovation,” PackH20 will be spotlighted with other innovations across the country and online as a model of how the public and private sectors have partnered to develop innovative solutions to global problems.

PackH20 is a non-profit social innovation enterprise created in collaboration with Greif, Inc. to help get water backpacks in the hands of people who struggle every day to bring water home. As the awareness and fundraising arm, they reinvest money into building partnerships with NGOs and foundations to help people living in water-stressed environments. Visit www.packh20.org

Greif, Inc. is a world leader in industrial packaging products and services. The company produces steel, plastic, fibre, flexible, corrugated, multiwall and reconditioned containers, intermediate bulk containers, containerboard and packaging accessories, and provides blending, filling, packaging and industrial packaging reconditioning services for a wide range of industries. Greif also manages timber properties in North America. The company is strategically positioned in more than 50 countries to serve global as well as regional customers. Additional information is on the company’s website at www.greif.com.

Impact Economics, Inc. is a company focused on social entrepreneurship and driven by a vision to deliver innovative products and build scalable business models that seamlessly provides sales, marketing and distribution solutions for partners in the value chain. As the Master Distributor for the Greif, PackH2O, Impact Economics has the responsibility of addressing the needs of the global community. Specifically, Impact Economics assists with sales, distribution, logistics and operational support in ensuring we are focused on meeting our partners’ requirements in their support of the PackH2O water backpack. Visit www.impacteco.com.

The United States Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world. Visit www.usglc.org.

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#ColumbusCarriesHope

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PackH2O is ready to tackle the Global Water Crisis         #HEADON with #COLUMBUSCARRIESHOPE.

The Columbus Carries Hope initiative is here to provide a goal for our innovative to city to achieve. We have created a life changing backpack, now we need your help to make sure the right people receive it.

Currently, 1 in 7 people across the world don’t have access to clean water and 4000 children are lost everyday. Our team has been working in schools throughout Columbus to help inspire students. Now we are asking the community to help empower women and children who presently suffer the water transportation crisis.

Each pack is only $10. If you can’t give, please share with your friends and family. We are asking you to join us in sending 100,000 packs to half a million people in Kenya, Haiti, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mali, and Malawi.

 

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Packs Heading to Nepal

 

Habitat-for-HumanityIn roughly 2 weeks, our partner, Habitat for Humanity, will be heading to Nepal with 23K PackH2O water backpacks!

In this unfortunate but timely story, individuals in Jarjarkot, Nepal, are experiencing a drought and are forced to walk 14 kilometers just for water.

Our packs will help relieve the time, pain and stress burden that these individuals are experiencing due to the drought. This unfortunate encounter with the absence of mother nature’s tears will hopefully shed light on the situation with the introduction of the pack.

Replacing a water pitcher with a 5-gallon water backpack can make all the difference on the lives of these individuals.

As one world, let’s #HelpCarryHope

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The Heart of Africa Exibit

This week, we had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremonies for the new Heart of Africa exhibit at the Columbus Zoo here in Columbus, Ohio.

We got to see a baby cheetah named Jambo that had just been born and were thrilled hear from Jungle Jack Hanna and the golden girl herself, Betty White!

Not only was it exciting to see lions, cheetahs,  giraffes, and more roaming in their habitats, but we were humbled by the display set up within the exhibit for PackH2O!

If you can make time to see this wonderful exhibit, we encourage you to do so. It’s amazing seeing all these beautiful creatures.

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Grow Columbus: Scotts Miracle-Gro partners with local start-up, Sprout it

A local Columbus start-up Sprout it, (www.gosprout.it) has partnered with Scotts Miracle-Gro to giving away 40,000 Gro-ables® Seed Podsâ„¢ (groables.com) to the Columbus community through their Grow Columbus campaign.

The Sprout it team will be setting up at 4 convenient locations between 11AM – 2PM and 4-6PM on May 20th

  • The North Market
  • Brio fountain at the Easton Town Center
  • Plaza at the Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Powell Fire Station of Sawmill Road.

They are encouraging everyone to take as many as they would like to plant themselves or give away to friends, family and neighbors and organizations, like schools and community gardens.

For more information, go to www.gosprout.it/growcolumbus

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