Another school that has been integral in getting the word out about PackH2O recently is Worthington Kilbourne. The International Baccalaureate program students made a very impactful video about the global water crisis and raised enough money to help 57 families! Women must walk several miles every day to find water and carry buckets which can weigh as much as 40 pounds. Coupled with the video, the students made buttons to hand out with every donation. A huge thank you goes out to Worthington Kilbourne for their support!
PACKH2O REACHES GOAL OF IMPROVING 500,000 LIVES BY WORLD WATER DAY 2014
PACKH2O attends Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit
COLUMBUS, (March 20, 2014) — In celebration of World Water Day (March 22) and the milestone of distributing 100,000 water backpack in two years, PackH2O will be showcased at the “Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship” (APTE) event at Ohio State University (OSU). More than 1,000 students are expected to attend.
PackH2O will collaborate with APTE student leaders to raise awareness about the Achilles’ heel of the global water crisis – carrying water from source to home. Students will fundraise to send 10,000 water backpacks to women and children in Kenya with Partners for Care. More than 500,000 people have been impacted by the award-winning water backpack, which keeps clean water safe and eases the burden of carrying water.
Recipients of the water backpack have made it clear that improvements to their quality of life will increase future demand for the pack. Ng’etich, a Kenyan Branch Manager working for a tea distributor in Limuru, Kenya, stated, “With my job, I have the opportunity to work with many Kenyan communities in the field; I can say with certainty that the pack is making a positive difference in the lives of those who use it for daily water requirements….”
The PackH2O was developed by leading industrial packaging manufacturer Greif, Inc. who, working with NCT Ventures, contributed the original startup capital to launch this important venture. Battelle, the world’s largest non-profit research and development organization, provided the necessary expertise to validate PackH2O. Partner advocacy organizations, which include The Clinton Global Initiative, Habitat for Humanity International, Partners for Care, Special Olympics and Operation Blessing International, have assisted in distribution and training in proper usage of the PackH2O water backpack. View Video.
“One World, One Water” is the title of the upcoming show by the Momentum Dance Program, partnered with BalletMet. The show, which is interpretive dance, will feature our packs to emphasize the problem of water scarcity and transportation. As World Water Day is coming up, we are reminded that people the world over do not have the means to acquire safe and clean drinking water. “One World, One Water-The Story Drip and Drop” hopes to stress this fact while wearing our packs during the show. General admission seating is free, so check out the important message featured in the shows on Tuesday, May 13 and Friday, May 16 at 10:30am and 1:00pm at Capitol Theatre!
Momentum students representing Ohio!
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World Water Day is coming up and in honor of this very important day, we’ll be highlighting some successful campaigns on water transportation right here in Columbus. First, New Albany High School did an incredible job of raising $25,000 for the Hand in Hand for Haiti project back in November of 2012. The students sold bracelets and T-shirts with “Hand in Hand with Haiti” printed on them while younger children in the district decorated our very own water backpacks to be sent to people in Haiti who struggle to find safe drinking water. Additionally, Dr. Paul Farmer and former President Bill Clinton were able to stop by and speak to the students about Partners in Health and their goal to provide proper healthcare to the thousands of people who have no access. Overall, the event was a major success and a huge thank you goes out to the New Albany community!
PackH2O intern Juli Sasaki with Dr. Paul Farmer in New Albany, Ohio.
As part of our deployment with Habitat for Humanity, 23,000 PackH2O Water Backpacks have arrived in the Philippines today. The packs will be used in the continuing disaster relief following the Typhoon, and in areas where access to clean drinking water is limited.
Since our participation in the #GivingTuesday campaign, PackH2O has received over $5000 in contributions over just a few weeks. These donations are helping us deploy another 500 water backpacks through our non-profit partners on the ground, having a positive-impact on up to 2500 lives.
To learn more about #GivingTuesday, please visit: http://givingtuesday.org/partner/packh2o/
Thousands of PackH2O Water Backpacks have been deployed throughout Kenya since 2012 through Partners for Care, an organization doing amazing work on the ground around Nairobi. Their director was considerate enough to share five stories of how our water backpacks are being received in developing areas where access to drinking water is scarce.
A Story of Trust
Ann Wanjiru Wanjiku is an amazing woman. Since Ann got the water pack she has not stored water in any other container. Ann says the water pack keeps her water not only safe but also very cool and great tasting. Ann is on ARV medication and is required to take water frequently so this has enabled her to take more than the required 8 glasses a day which was not the case before . Ann shares the water pack with her son. Her son calls it the miracle bag. Ann is slated for stomach surgery soon and she trusts the water from the water pack so much that she has sworn to carry it with her to the hospital. She is in fact willing to buy the water pack at Kshs.5,000 because to her the benefits outweigh the cost. She is very grateful for this wonderful product. This is an amazing story that shows how deeply the water pack has touched people’s lives .
The story of Ben
Ben is a young man from Limuru. He says the water pack has simply transformed his life health wise. He used to get water borne illnesses before but that is history now because since he received the water pack he has not gotten any of those illnesses. He has also been receiving a lot of visits from family and friends who want to have a taste of the water and also to see the water pack he keeps on telling them about. He calls the bag digital and big step forward for mankind .
The Story of Judy Njeri
Judy Njeri is a green grocer. She says she used to store drinking water in a drum and was constantly suffering from diarrhea . She has however not had a case of diarrhea since she started using the water pack and most of her customers keep on asking her about the water pack and how it is used. They are amazed that a bag (Ngunia) can be converted into such a revolutionary product and also have a tap. She is very grateful for the water pack and wishes for more water packs so that everybody can experience this wonderful product.
The Story of Young Elizabeth
Elizabeth is a young girl that has been lucky to experience the wonderful benefits of the water pack. She says the thing about the water pack she has noticed is that the water is safe from contamination from dust and other contaminants unlike water stored in a Jerrycan. Her one wish is that her friends in school can also receive a water pack so that they can also experience the benefits .
A Gift to Mum
The team meets this young lady who they had given a water pack and she tells them that she gave it to her sick mother. Her mother who lives in rural Meru had fallen sick and was required to be kept in very hygienic conditions, she therefore gave her mum the water pack as a gift so that she could keep her water safe. She says the water pack has made women from other villages to come visit her mum so they can see this revolutionary product. She is thankful for the water pack and looks forward to the day she receives a replacement.