Environmental Protection

Groundwater Foundation Provides Haiti Relief Grants

Two grants totaling $8,350 have been awarded to help build fresh drinking water wells in Haiti, the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) announced on June 1.

The Red Cross estimates 3 million people were affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake. The Haitian government reported that an estimated 230,000 people died, 300,000 were injured, and 1,000,000 became homeless. One of the most immediate health threats from the earthquake was a major disruption of fresh drinking water supplies.

The NGWREF made a $6,000 grant to the ClearBlue Project for the construction of potable water well systems in Haiti. The second grant, $2,350, was made to Hands on the World Global Inc. for the construction of potable water well systems in Jeremie, Haiti.

ClearBlue evolved from the First Methodist Church of North America.

"It is with great gratitude and appreciation that I accept the grant your organization has elected to present to ClearBlue Water Project," says Melanie Brooks of ClearBlue. "This will certainly go a long way in our mission to supply the displaced people of Haiti with clean safe water."

Hands on the World Global was formed to provide the basic needs of water and food for the security of people in developing countries and those who suffer from the aftermath of conflict or disaster. The organization believes in developing leadership and self sufficiency, and showing people how they can make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

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