World Vision: Global Shortage of Safe Water a Concern

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As weather patterns change, developing world increasingly left behind -- experts at Water Initiative Conference discuss progress.

The West African Water Initiative has brought clean water to over 260,000 people in Mali, Niger and Ghana since it began three years ago, with the help of the Hilton Foundation

At least 4,500 children die each day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation facilities. At the same time, the effects of extreme and unusual weather in vulnerable developing nations make water an ever more valuable resource.

World Vision, together with the Hilton Foundation and other donors, is answering the call to provide potable water sources to countries such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali and Niger. These efforts will advance on April 20th-21st at World Vision’s Global Water Initiative Conference in Stamford, Connecticut.

“The West African Water Initiative has brought clean water to over 260,000 people in Mali, Niger and Ghana since it began three years ago, with the help of the Hilton Foundation” said Rich Stearns, president of World Vision US. “This is exciting news to share with our donors as we move forward to continue bringing hope and better health to African communities.”

Experts and donors will highlight the progress achieved in these countries and discuss current projects.
Ethiopian and Ghanaian nationals will tell their personal stories of living through the water sanitation crisis daily for many years of their lives. Guests and donors will hear in detail what World Vision and the Hilton Foundation have achieved and what short- and long-term objectives are planned.

For more information or interviews, contact Anne Duffy at (202) 572-6340.

About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, their families and communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. In 2006 alone, World Vision dug 195 wells in West Africa, expanding access to clean water to an additional 140,000 people in the region. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, visit http://www.worldvision.org

How to Help
Donations to World Vision’s water and sanitation projects in Ethiopia are used to match the Hilton Foundation’s generous grants, thereby increasing the number of children who can be provided with safe water and sanitation. To make a donation, call (800) 777-1229 or visit http://www.worldvision.org/waterislife.

About the Hilton Foundation
Based in Los Angeles, the Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by the late hotel entrepreneur and business leader, Conrad N. Hilton, who left his fortune to the foundation with instructions to help the most disadvantaged and vulnerable throughout the world without regard to religion, ethnicity or geography. Along with its related entities, the foundation has total assets of approximately $2.6 billion and has provided more than $450 million for charitable projects throughout the U.S. and the world. For more information: http://www.hiltonfoundation.org

CONTACT:
Anne Duffy
aduffy(at)worldvision.org
(202) 572-6340

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