Providing Safe, Clean Water for Families: Food For The Poor's Water Week 2012 campaign

Children who live in the rural regions of Nicaragua must walk great distances and forge treacherous paths in search of water to drink.

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (March 16, 2012) — Many living in developed countries do not give much thought to their daily water use for cooking, cleaning or even drinking. They simply head to the nearest sink and turn on the faucet.

As World Water Day celebrates its 19th year on March 22, Food For The Poor will launch its third annual Water Week fundraising campaign, March 18 through March 25. During this weeklong donation drive, the ministry will partner with local participating restaurants and businesses to raise money for water filtration units, water wells and pumps.

According to the World Health Organization, 11 percent of the world’s population or around 783 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. Many initiatives to supply the world with access to clean water have been successful, but sadly this precious resource remains out of reach for far too many people.  By supporting Water Week 2012 you will be helping to provide a community with safe drinking water. It only takes a little bit to make a big difference.

Businesses participating in Water Week are:

Bamboo Wok  4660 W Hillsboro Blvd # 3, Coconut Creek
Dunkin’ Donuts  4660 W Hillsboro Blvd # 1, Coconut Creek
Salon Natasha  4660 W Hillsboro Blvd # 4, Coconut Creek
Dryclean USA  4660 W Hillsboro Blvd # 2, Coconut Creek
Dryclean USA  Lakeside Square Plaza 11640 Palmetto Park Rd Suite 101, Boca Raton
Dryclean USA  Keystone Plaza 10450 Wiles Road, Coral Springs
Dryclean USA  Countryside Plaza 5668 South Flamingo Road, Cooper City
Dryclean USA  Parkview Square 17161 S.W. 172nd Ave., Miramar
LaBrasa   4201 West Hillsboro Boulevard, Coconut Creek
Aunt I’s 101111 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines
Island In The Pines 162 N. University Drive, Pembroke Pines
Finger Lickin’s 11244 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines
Cool Running’s 9977 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar
El Atlakat   8986 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines
The Promenade  4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek
  -160 Degrees & Muffuletta
  -Scarfone’s Coal Fired Pizza
  -Crepe Maker
  -Red Rock Oasis 

          

Food For The Poor provides water filtration units, water wells and pumps to communities throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

“The critical need of clean drinking water became even more urgent during the height of the cholera outbreak that impacted Haiti nine months after the January 2010 earthquake,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “The waterborne disease has claimed more than 7,000 lives and has sickened hundreds of thousands. There’s growing concern that with this year’s rainy season we’ll see an increase of new cholera cases, but we’re taking every step possible to prevent this from happening.”

Since the earthquake, Food For The Poor has installed 45 water filtration units, which produce 10,000 gallons of clean drinking water a day in various locations in the Artibonite region of Haiti. Last year, the organization completed 175 water projects throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

Patrons visiting participating businesses are being asked to remember those who do not have access to clean drinking water and to donate toward this life-saving resource. Funds collected during Water Week will be used to provide clean water for families and communities in Central American and the Caribbean.

In developing countries, children like 11-year-old Carmelina must forge treacherous paths just to fetch a single drink of water. To learn more about Water Week and to see a complete list of participating Water Week businesses, click on www.FoodForThePoor.org/waterweek.

Since the Jan. 2010 earthquake and the following cholera outbreak in Haiti, Food For The Poor has installed 45 water filtration units in the Artibonite region of the nation.

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

 

Contact:
Wanda Wright
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6079
wandaw@foodforthepoor.com