Title: The AWT-PWW Partnership: Five Years of Delivering Safe Water Off the Beaten Path
PWW hopes to thank AWT members for and educate them about the five years of impact their giving has had on families in Honduras, and share examples of how the AWT-PWW partnership is recognizing and benefitting members.
After exchanges with AWT leadership and Reid Hutchison, we believe a panel discussion may be the most productive structure for this presentation. Presenters could include Matt Korn (PWW ED), Maria Inestroza (PWW Honduras Country Director), Reid Hutchison (HOH COO), and two other AWT members who have made generous gifts to PWW but who have done so in a more anonymous manner. We could also have 1-2 members of the Charity Task Force join the panel.
Matt Korn, Maria Inestroza, Reid Hutchison
AWT continues to be a generous partner to Pure Water for the World (PWW). Five years into the partnership, the support from AWT members has helped PWW reach thousands of remote Honduran families with safe water, hygiene and sanitation tools.
Today, more than 2.2 billion people lack reliable access to safe water at home and over 4.2 billion people lack reliable access to safely managed sanitation. This lack of safe water and sanitation is leading to more than 1 million deaths each year due to water-borne illnesses. Many of these deaths are children under the age of 5.
Millions of dollars have been distributed to developing countries in an effort to make safe water and sanitation possible for all of those who lack these resources. And, positive changes are happening. Yet a vast majority of these funds are allocated to communities that are relatively easy to reach and serve, where piped water to homes is possible.
This is where PWW is different. In Haiti and Honduras, PWW is reaching families who live outside of easy to access areas, taking the roads less traveled to bring clean water to families. For more than 20 years, PWW has been delivering comprehensive, sustainable WASH programs to families living in the most rural, dispersed communities, where piped water to homes and schools is not a reality.
To date, PWW has served 750,000+ individuals living in 250+ communities, in Haiti and Honduras, to increase access to safe water, improved sanitation, and healthy hygiene, building local capacity and creating collaborative partnerships for sustainable change. And we have the data to show our methods are delivering impact and getting results.
AWT has been a critical partner in this success. From supporting entire communities to purchasing a truck to help our teams reach last mile households, the generosity of AWT members has provided PWW with the resources to go off the beaten path and go where others won’t to deliver safe water.
Join us to learn more about the AWT-PWW partnership and how the generosity of AWT members has made an impact in the lives of thousands of families over the past five years, and how support of this partnership engages employees and adds value and visibility for your company.
Matt Korn Matt comes to PWW with a breadth of experience, having served more than 15 years in the NGO sector. He has spent time in Asia, the Caucasus, West, Central and Southern Africa, and Central and South America working closely with partners to address a wide-range of development issues including water and sanitation, education, food security, agriculture, emergency response, micro-finance and maternal health development approaches through a gender justice lens.
Maria Regina Inestroza has 15-years of experience in the safe water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) sector in the rural areas of Honduras. She has been serving as the Country Director of Pure Water for the World since 2007. Maria has managed WASH programs in communities, schools, and health centers in the remote regions of Honduras, including humanitarian WASH in emergencies response. Prior to PWW, Maria had a successful career as an Environmental Engineer where she performed environment impact studies and coordinated Environment Education programs for a national park along the north coast of Honduras. Maria has attended two previous AWT conferences.
Reid serves as the Chief Operating Officer of HOH Water Technology, a 3rd generation family-owned & operated water treatment company based in the Midwest, USA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Economics & Systems from Taylor University and has worked in various areas of the water treatment business from field service and sales to IT, operations, and marketing. Reid also serves as a Group Facilitator within the Rising Tide Mastermind, and volunteers in the Association of Water Technologies as a member of the Charity Task Force. Since 2014, Reid has worked with various charity organizations that bring clean water to communities in need, helping to inspire over $250k in fundraising and over 500 people to participate in water charity events. He has personally traveled twice to communities in Uganda, Kenya, & South Africa to both witness the work of water charity’s firsthand as well as run ultra-marathons to inspire donors to give towards water related causes.