Skoll Foundation Names Water For People and CEO, Ned Breslin, as 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship Recipient

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Water For People (http://www.waterforpeople.org) and CEO, Ned Breslin, were recently announced as recipients of the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship by the Skoll Foundation. Water For People and Breslin are being honored for their work to create sustainable, locally-maintained drinking water and sanitation solutions in developing countries.

Water For People (http://www.waterforpeople.org) and CEO, Ned Breslin, were recently announced as recipients of the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship by the Skoll Foundation. Water For People and Breslin are being honored for their work to create sustainable, locally-maintained drinking water and sanitation solutions in developing countries.

Each year the Skoll Foundation chooses a select group of social entrepreneurs and their organizations working around the world in the areas of tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, peace and security, and economic and social equity. Recipients receive a three-year grant and join the growing global network of now 85 Skoll social entrepreneurs from 70 organizations who are tackling the world’s most pressing social and economic challenges.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Skoll Foundation for our ongoing commitment to developing sustainable solutions to water and sanitation problems in the developing world,” said Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People. “We take seriously our moral obligation to be accountable and transparent in our work. And, we’ll continue to be merciless in our approach toward transformative change by being introspective and challenging ourselves to ask harder, long-term impact questions.”

The Skoll Awards program provides social entrepreneurs who have achieved significant impact with unrestricted funding to further extend their reach. These new Skoll entrepreneurs have proven their innovations and are delivering results across issues and geographies.

“For the last 20 years, Water For People has been working toward solving the global water and sanitation crisis affecting nearly two billion of the world’s population,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. “Ned Breslin has led the organization to become one of the most innovative NGO’s tackling the challenge. By putting transparency and accountability at the heart of its programs, Water For People is demonstrating its commitment to long-lasting water and sanitation solutions and changing the business as usual approach to development.”

Along with Ned Breslin and Water For People, the other 2011 Skoll Awardees are: Ellen Moir/New Teacher Center, Rebecca Onie/Health Leads, and Madhav Chavan/Pratham.

The Skoll Awards will be presented by Jeff Skoll, Skoll Foundation founder and Chairman, and Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation President and CEO, on March 31 at the University of Oxford at the eight annual Skoll World Forum. The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier, international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues. The Forum is being held this year March 30-April 1.

During the Forum, Ned Breslin will also participate as the member of a panel that will explore how social entrepreneurs can leverage appropriate finance mechanisms and new partnerships with government to create innovative local solutions to water issues. For more information on the Forum and panel, please visit http://www.Skollfoundation.org.

About Water For People
Water For People is a leading international nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to creating reliable safe drinking water resources, improved sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs in the developing world; it currently operates in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America. The organization’s unique business-oriented approach works to establish partnerships between local and national government institutions, nongovernment organizations, private enterprise, and entrepreneurs to enable local communities, districts, and municipalities to plan, build, finance, maintain, and operate their own safe water and sanitation services. Water For People puts long-lasting solutions and 100% coverage of a region with safe water access for everyone at the forefront of its strategy. It fosters innovation solutions to water and sanitation problems that are adaptable worldwide, and through monitoring and evaluation of its program impact for at least 10 years post-implementation, Water For People ensures that its work is sustainable by local partners. For more information, visit http://www.waterforpeople.org.

About the Skoll Foundation
Jeff Skoll created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, our mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive change around the world, we empower them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally improve society. The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, the foundation's flagship program, is presented each year at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England.

Contacts
Eileen Lambert, Water For People
elambert(at)waterforpeople(dot)org
(720) 488-4584

Tai Green, Edelman
tai.green(at)edelman(dot)com
(212) 819-4833

Eddie Scher, Skoll Foundation
Escher(at)skollfoundation(dot)org
(650) 331-2931

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