HOUSTON, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Living Water International announced today more than $1MM in donations have been raised from the sales of the ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN Living Water Bangle. This fashion-forward fundraising initiative has enabled more than 42,000 families around the globe to have access to clean, safe water.
The unique partnership between Living Water International and ALEX AND ANI was inspired by Paige Dellerman, a former high school student at East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island. Dellerman focused her 2013 senior class project on connecting ALEX AND ANI to Living Water International as a way to combine her passion for Living Water with her desire to learn more about the ALEX AND ANI philanthropic mission and charm crafting process. A relationship was naturally established and soon after Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer of ALEX AND ANI, designed the Living Water Bangle. Since its creation within the CHARITY BY DESIGN collection, donations from sales of the bangle have raised over $1MM for clean water projects led by Living Water International.
"Throughout our 25-year history, we have established many partnerships to help amplify our mission," said Mike Mantel, CEO of Living Water International. "We're very excited to see our relationship with ALEX AND ANI hit this milestone, as it will play an important role in fostering improved public health and in strengthening communities around the world. It reinforces our belief that we are stronger when we work together."
In celebration of the $1MM milestone and to support an upcoming well-drilling trip to Haiti, ALEX AND ANI retail stores are currently promoting awareness and education on the Living Water Bangle. The upcoming trip to Haiti follows two other well-drilling trips in which ALEX AND ANI participated – Guatemala in 2014 and Nicaragua in 2015. These trips allowed ALEX AND ANI team members to participate in well drills and hygiene education, including germ transmission, proper hand washing and effective treatment of diarrhea.
"Over the past four years, our partnership with Living Water International has evolved into not only generating impact and funding across the globe, but also in creating unique opportunities for our employees to experience the Living Water mission by traveling to countries to help their team drill wells and educate the community on the benefits of clean water," ALEX AND ANI, CHARITY BY DESIGN SVP Nicki Maher said. "Through first-hand experience, we have truly come to know and love the mission behind Living Water and have made it a priority to share this life-saving mission to bring water to the thirsty. Together with our customers, we have been able to bring more than 42,000 families access to clean water because of passion, action and love."
For a video recap of the 2015 Nicaragua trip with Living Water International and ALEX AND ANI, visit: https://alexandani.wistia.com/medias/3ug6hq2ei5
About Living Water International
With 25 years of experience as a faith-based 501(c)(3), Living Water International (www.water.cc) exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately-needed clean water through the implementation of participatory, community-based water, sanitation and hygiene solutions in 21 developing countries across Central and South America, Africa and Asia. The organization has completed over 16,700 water projects as part of their ongoing commitment to provide water, for life, in Jesus' name. Living Water's end goal is to see holistic behavior change by supporting the local church and equipping local people to serve their own communities. For more information visit www.water.cc and engage on Twitter @livingwater or Facebook.com/LivingWaterInternational.
About ALEX AND ANI
The ALEX AND ANI brand creates meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories designed to connect you. Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer designs each piece. Carolyn believes that every individual has a positive message to share with the world, and by incorporating powerful symbolism into each product, ALEX AND ANI provides a vehicle for consumers to express their individuality. ALEX AND ANI is committed to giving back to the world that we live in. By using recycled materials with eco-conscious processes and through our CHARITY BY DESIGN division, ALEX AND ANI positively impacts our planet and our communities. CHARITY BY DESIGN has strengthened non-profit organizations through innovative partnerships and collaborative experiences resulting in donations of over $30 million. An Inc. 500 Company, ALEX AND ANI has retail stores in addition to retail partners worldwide. Its World Headquarters is located in the Greater Providence, Rhode Island area, where its products are MADE IN AMERICA WITH LOVE™. Please visit alexandani.com for more information.
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SOURCE Living Water International