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.
Greif, PackH2O and Habitat for Humanity Team to Distribute 100,000 PackH2O™ Water Backpacks to Disaster-Prone Areas
Program helps women and children transport water more safely
Delaware, Ohio, and Atlanta (Oct. 22, 2013) – Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), the global industrial packaging products and services company, recently announced the company is working with Habitat for Humanity International to distribute 100,000 PackH2O™ collapsible water backpacks in eight developing countries for use in disaster relief and aid.
PackH2O™ was designed by Greif to provide a cleaner, safer alternative to the often contaminated jerry cans and buckets used by women in developing countries to transport water from source to home. UNICEF estimates that women and children in developing nations spend 200 million hours a day collecting and transporting water.
Greif began working with Habitat for Humanity in 2011 to test the PackH2O™ water backpack in nearly 20 countries. Based on the success of field tests conducted in these countries, Greif and Habitat for Humanity began the process of deploying 100,000 packs in El Salvador, Haiti, the Philippines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nepal and Sri Lanka in September.
Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, Christian housing organization that creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. Habitat has nearly 2,000 affiliates in more than 70 countries and has helped to build or repair more than 600,000 houses, serving three million people worldwide.
Each year, more than 255 million people are affected by natural disasters, according to a report from the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. Without access to clean water, they face potentially life-threatening waterborne illnesses.
Greif President and CEO David Fischer identified the need for PackH2O™ on a trip to Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. Fischer observed women carrying water in containers on their heads, and children lugging home dirty jerry cans and buckets full of water weighing up to 48 pounds each.
“We knew that this was a problem we could help solve,” Fischer said. “Not only does the sanitized liner help protect the water in the backpack from contamination, the backpack’s design makes it easier to store and deploy in a disaster, and the ergonomic design makes it much easier for women and children to carry without injury.”
About Greif, Inc.
Greif, Inc. is the world leader in industrial packaging products and services. In addition to the PackH2O, which was recently awarded the People’s Design Award at the National Design Awards gala organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian magazine, the company produces steel, plastic, fibre, flexible, intermediate bulk, corrugated, reconditioned and multiwall containers and containerboard, and provides filling, packaging, industrial packaging reconditioning and land management consulting 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.
PackH2O is a socially conscious company that provides an innovative solution to water transportation in developing areas across the globe. www.packH2O.com
The Innovative Water Transportation and Storage Solution is Recognized by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian magazine.
Columbus, Ohio (October 18th, 2013): It took over a month of online voting by the public to decide the 2013 People’s Design Award winner, and in the end, the PackH2O Water Backpack was selected for the tremendous honor, presented by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
The PackH2O™ Water Backpack is produced by Greif, Inc., the global leader in industrial packaging products and services. The backpack was designed to provide a cleaner, safer alternative to contaminated jerrycans and buckets used by women in developing countries to transport water from source to home. PackH2O is the first for-purpose, ergonomically correct and affordable water transport and storage device for the poorest among us. It also boasts a transparent liner that can be disinfected of water-borne pathogens using the SODIS method after each use.
Public voting for the People’s Design Award took place on the Smithsonian.com website during September and October. Of the twenty designs that received a nomination, the PackH2O Water Backpack received the most votes, and was ultimately announced as the winner during the National Awards Gala on October 17th.
About the People’s Design Award: The People’s Design Awards gives the American public a chance to select their favorite design from a pool of twenty nominations that emphasize how innovative design can make a difference in our everyday lives.
About the National Design Awards: The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.
About PackH2O LLC: PackH2O is a socially conscious distribution and marketing company that provides an innovative solution to water transportation and storage in developing areas around the world. As a social innovation brand, PackH2O is driven by a vision to improve lives through a sustainable business model. www.packH2O.com
About Greif, Inc.: Founded in 1877 and the fourth oldest publicly traded company in the US, Greif is the world leader in industrial packaging products and services. With facilities in more than 50 countries, the company produces steel, plastic, fibre, flexible, intermediate bulk, corrugated, reconditioned and multiwall containers and containerboard. The Company also provides filling, packaging, industrial packaging reconditioning and land management consulting services for a wide range of industries. Greif also manages timber properties in North America.
The PackH2O Water Backpack took home the 2013 People’s Design Award at the National Design Awards gala in New York, Thursday, Oct. 17. Todd Oldham announced the winning design and presented the award to president and CEO of Grief Inc. David Fischer. PackH2O attempts to solve the global clean water crisis by giving people the power to easily transport their own water.
“Cooper-Hewitt has long been a champion of socially responsible design, most notably for our ‘Design with the Other 90%’ exhibition series,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “I am truly delighted that the American public has chosen to recognize this design solution for the developing world. Millions of people around the world lack access to a reliable source of clean water, and the PackH2O demonstrates the power of design to address this critical problem.”
The PackH2O Water Backpack was designed by Greif Inc. to provide a cleaner, safer alternative to the often contaminated jerry cans and buckets used in developing countries to transport water from source to home. The backpack features an ergonomic, gender-neutral design, adjustable shoulder straps and a removable liner that can be sanitized in the sun. PackH2O has distributed more than 100,000 packs across five continents through collaborations with companies such as Habitat for Humanity and Partners for Care.
This year’s contest, organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian magazine, invited the public to vote for their favorite design from a pool of 20 works that emphasizes how innovative design makes a difference in our everyday lives. Voting took place from Sept. 10 through Oct. 11. Nominees ranged from transportation solutions (Helios Bars, HelmetHub and Sunset Skateboards), designs for healthy living (Misfit Shine), educational products (littleBits), interactive design (Dot Dot Dot, Double, Journey, Leap Motion controller, Mailbox and Medium) and landscape design (Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Spring Street Park, Los Angeles), to medical devices (EvoCam by Evotech and Hamilton-T1 Ventilator), emergency preparedness tools (Etón BoostTurbine 4000 and SpareOne plus phone) and examples of socially responsible design (Tiny House grown with Ecovative’s Mushroom Insulation, PackH2O Water Backpack, and Protein Pods and a New Coat of Paint).
The People’s Design Award is part of Cooper-Hewitt’s largest public education initiative, National Design Week, Oct. 12-Oct. 20.Previous winners of the People’s Design Award include Marianne Cusato, designer of the Katrina Cottage, Toms Shoes, the Zōn Hearing Aid, the Trek Lime Bicycle, the Braille Alphabet Bracelet and Design Matters, a show about design and culture.
National Design Week is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Target.
National Design Awards are made possible in part by Procter and Gamble and SodaStream. Additional support is provided in part by Design Within Reach. National Design Award trophies are created by The Corning Museum of Glass. www.ndagallery.cooperhewitt.
National Design Awards and National Design Week professional supporters include AIGA | the professional association for design, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Landscape Architects, Industrial Designers Society of America, Interaction Design Association and International Interior Design Association.
About the National Design Awards
First launched at the White House as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the awards were established to broaden awareness of the role of design in daily life by honoring individuals in all areas of design, as well as its patrons and supporters. The National Design Awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including lectures, roundtable discussions and workshops.
About Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
As the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, Cooper-Hewitt educates, inspires, and empowers people through design. The Museum is undergoing a transformative renovation resulting in 60 percent more gallery space and will open in fall 2014 with an entirely new visitor experience. During the renovation, Cooper-Hewitt’s events and education programs are popping up locally at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center in Harlem, nationally with the Design in the Classroom program in New Orleans, New York City, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C., and globally with exhibitions in Europe and Asia.
PackH2O was an official sponsor of the ONE DROP Walk for Water in Las Vegas on Saturday October 5th. The fundraising event helped to raise awareness, and pay tribute to the millions of women and children – particularly girls – who spend several hours daily collecting water. This sometimes dangerous and physically challenging job also takes a lot of time, time that is not spent at home caring for family members, working at an income generating job or attending school.
The event was co-chaired by Missy Franklin, America competition swimmer and four-time Olympic gold medalist, Forrest Griffin, UFC Hall of Famer and Former Light Heavyweight Champion, and Jenna Morton, Morton Group and Springs Preserve Board of Trustees Vice Chair. Additionally, Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn G. Goodman, attended the event and declared October 5th as ONE DROP Walk for Water Day.