Water For People Announces Attainment of 2011 Goals in 2009; Credits Volunteers For Making The Difference

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Water For People announced today at their semi-annual board meeting that they had already achieved almost all of their 2011 goals, a full two years ahead of schedule. Ned Breslin, CEO, states, “We are thrilled with these results and deeply grateful to both our donors and our volunteers. Our donors provide the financial backbone of our organization. And our volunteers are equally crucial. From our local volunteers that perform fundraising and awareness, to our international volunteer organization, World Water Corps® that provides technical expertise and monitoring, we could not do it without them.”

There is a saying that luck happens when opportunity meets planning. But make no mistake about it, achieving already aggressive goals two years ahead of schedule was not mere luck

Water For People (http://www.waterforpeople.org) announced today at their semi-annual board meeting that they had already achieved almost all of their 2011 goals, a full two years ahead of schedule. Ned Breslin, CEO, states, “We are thrilled with these results and deeply grateful to both our donors and our volunteers. Our donors provide the financial backbone of our organization. And our volunteers are equally crucial. From our local volunteers that perform fundraising and awareness, to our international volunteer organization, World Water Corps® that provides technical expertise and monitoring, we could not do it without them.”

Some of Water For People’s highlights for 2009 include:

  • Serving almost 400 communities, a 90% increase over 2008
  • Serving almost 250 schools, an 80% increase over 2008
  • Over 100,000 sanitation beneficiaries served, a 26% increase over 2008
  • Over 200,000 water beneficiaries served, more than double the 2008 number
  • Over 50% growth in the World Water Corps® volunteer program

Breslin continued, “We are thrilled to be two years ahead of schedule and that much closer to achieving our vision of a world in which all people have access to safe drinking water and are free from sanitation-related disease.”

“There is a saying that luck happens when opportunity meets planning. But make no mistake about it, achieving already aggressive goals two years ahead of schedule was not mere luck,” said industry observer and philanthropist Stephen Rosenthal. “Water For People is an outstanding development organization with solid management and a compelling vision. They have been strategic and forward-thinking in their approach to community involvement. They are disciplined in their approach to measurement and monitoring, always looking to improve the permanency of water and sanitation solutions. They are merciless in conducting critical reviews of their own operations.”

“The World Water Corps supports Water For People’s goal to make sure our projects are still functional and even self-sustainable 3, 6, 10 years after implementation, “ explained Andrew Britton, World Water Corps Manager. “Our volunteers serve as independent monitors and evaluators—ensuring integrity and objectivity in data collection and reporting. They also fill technical gaps in the field, which allows Water For People to stay lean and dedicate more resources to field programs rather than adding overhead.”

Caetie Ofiesh, a volunteer with Water For People's World Water Corps, explained, "I admire Water For People's dedication to sustainability through their monitoring program, and their willingness to be honest about what works and what doesn't work. It's easy to cut a ribbon for a new water system, but the real victory is 5, 10 years later when that system is still working after all the ribbons are gone.”

She continued, "I've been to Malawi three times with the World Water Corps. The experiences that are my favorite are the opportunities to connect with people or enjoy moments that are worlds away from the worlds we come from in the US and Canada, and then you realize in fact, that people and places aren't always as different as we think."

“While we celebrate these impressive results, we are simultaneously setting new, even more aggressive goals,” said CEO Breslin. “We are building new methods to improve and automate our measuring. The only way Water For People and the entire water and sanitation sector will eradicate water poverty is if we continue to raise the bar, and never settle for the status quo.”

For more information about volunteering at Water For People, visit http://www.waterforpeople.org/get-involved/volunteer/ or email volunteers@waterforpeople.org.

For more information about Water For People, contact Peter Mason, Director of Marketing and Communications at pr@waterforpeople.org or visit the website at http://www.waterforpeople.org.

About Water For People

Founded in 1991, Water For People is an international, nonprofit humanitarian organization that focuses on long-lasting, safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in the developing world. While Water For People is in its 20th year of work it focuses not on creating a dependency on charity in the 11 countries it works in, but rather creating the ability of the local community to plan, build, finance, maintain and operate their own systems. The organization works in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America to show that its successful programs are adaptable around the world and can be replicated anywhere. In 2009 it served over 325,000 beneficiaries. Water for People is a charity of choice of the American water and wastewater community. For more information, visit http://www.waterforpeople.org.

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