charity:water Commits $1 Million to Water Projects with World Vision in Malawi

-- More than 20,000 people in 22 communities to benefit from new wells and well rehabilitation projects in 2013

SEATTLE, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of a five-year focus on water and sanitation projects in Malawi, World Vision announces a new partnership with charity:water, specifically targeting needs in communities where less than 50 percent of the population has access to clean water.

World Vision is proud to partner with charity:water, a leader and innovator in mobilizing supporters to bring water to the millions in need around the globe. With World Vision's 35-year history of holistic community development work in Malawi, this partnership allows a collaborative effort that significantly expands water interventions in many communities.

Clean water, sanitation and good hygiene are basic necessities most Americans take for granted, but for many children around the world, they can be the difference between life and death. In the world today, nearly one billion people lack access to drinking water from an improved drinking water source such as a simple hand pump well or a piped water system and 2.5 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation.

"Imagine what life is like when you have to walk for miles every time you need water. Because it is so fundamental to our existence, there is no other humanitarian intervention that has a more dramatic effect on children and families than access to clean water and sanitation," said Rich Stearns, president of World Vision. "We are deeply grateful for charity:water's innovative partnership. Together we can bring more water to thousands who are living without access. "

This month, World Vision and charity:water will launch water interventions in Malawi, with 55 new wells and 40 rehabilitated wells planned for 2013.

"We're very excited about this new partnership between charity: water and World Vision. By working together, we'll be able to provide clean water to 20,000 people in Malawi this year. Many charity: water donors have worked hard to make this a reality, by fundraising, giving and sharing the story of Malawi with their friends." said charity: water CEO and Founder, Scott Harrison.

About charity:water

charity:water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Right now, 800 million people on the planet don't have access clean and safe drinking water. That's one in nine of us. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation causes 80% of diseases and kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Learn more at charitywater.org

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world's poor regardless of a person's religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information please visit www.worldvision.org/press.  Or follow them on their Twitter site at @worldvisionnews.

SOURCE World Vision U.S.



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