ROSEMONT, Ill., March 22, 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 842,000 people, mostly children, die every year as a result of inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene. On World Water Day (March 22), Culligan Cares, the non-profit arm of Culligan International, has announced a partnership with World Concern, a global relief and development organization with programs aimed at saving lives with clean water. Through Culligan Cares’ three-year pledge to fund the organization’s clean water initiatives in Laos, clean water, improved sanitation and greater family health education will be brought to the Soukhouma cluster of five villages.
“Culligan Cares is proud to support the mission of World Concern and provide funding for its clean water projects in Laos,” said Robert Boerner, Culligan of San Antonio and Culligan Cares Committee Chairman. “Findings show that villages with access to clean water have better holistic success because access affects everything from nutrition and safety, to education, health and child protection.”
From now through 2021, Culligan Cares’ support of the clean water projects in Laos will allow World Concern to identify and address the greatest, immediate water-related needs in the Soukhouma cluster: for example, rainwater catchment, storage tanks, wells or water filters. It will also allow the organization to improve the Soukhouma cluster’s sanitation through latrine development and to educate families on how to keep themselves and their communities healthy and safe with good hygiene, safe food preparation and trash disposal. These activities will help prevent the spread of disease, improve overall health and help make a long-lasting and far-reaching positive impact on the local economy, providing jobs and creating more vibrant village communities in the Soukhouma cluster.
“We are thrilled to partner with Culligan Cares on this exciting project that will bring practical, life-saving help to those lacking access to life-saving clean water,” said Leslie Nordyke, Senior Director of Operations for World Concern. “Clean water, sanitation and hygiene for the people in the Soukhouma cluster means lives will be saved.”
To learn more about Culligan Care’s support of World Concern or its other charitable projects, visit www.culligancares.org.