COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of World Water Day (March 22) and the milestone of distributing 100,000 water backpacks in two years, PackH2O will be showcased at the "Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship" (APTE) event at Ohio State University (OSU). More than 1,000 students are expected to attend.
PackH2O will collaborate with APTE student leaders to raise awareness about the Achilles' heel of the global water crisis – carrying water from source to home. Students will fundraise to send 10,000 water backpacks to women and children in Kenya with Partners for Care. More than 500,000 people have been impacted by the award-winning water backpack, which keeps clean water safe and eases the burden of carrying water.
Recipients of the water backpack have made it clear that improvements to their quality of life will increase future demand for the pack. Ng'etich, a Kenyan branch manager working for a tea distributor in Limuru, Kenya, stated, "With my job, I have the opportunity to work with many Kenyan communities in the field; I can say with certainty that the pack is making a positive difference in the lives of those who use it for daily water requirements…."
The PackH2O was developed by leading industrial packaging manufacturer Greif, Inc. who, working with NCT Ventures, contributed the original startup capital to launch this important venture. Battelle, the world's largest non-profit research and development organization, provided the necessary expertise to validate PackH2O. Partner advocacy organizations, which include The Clinton Global Initiative, Habitat for Humanity International, Partners for Care, Special Olympics and Operation Blessing International, have assisted in distribution and training in proper usage of the PackH2O water backpack. View Video.
PackH2O raises funds and works with other humanitarian organizations to purchase and distribute water backpacks for personal water transport in water-distressed areas. The innovative water backpack is the recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum People's Design Award in 2013 and a 2012 Popular Science Best of What's New Award.
About Greif, Inc.
Greif, Inc., a leading global industrial packaging manufacturer based in Delaware, Ohio, has a long-term commitment to creating and engaging in sustainable business practices and supporting humanitarian relief efforts.