Los Angeles (PRWEB) March 17, 2008
When Americans turn on their taps on World Water Day, March 22, 2008, they are urged to stop and consider the more than one billion people around the world who cannot take for granted an abundant supply of safe and clean water by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a philanthropic pioneer in water development for needy populations in the developing world.
"A global lack of safe water is the biggest public health crisis in the world," says Steven M. Hilton, president and CEO of the Hilton Foundation. "80 percent of all illness in the developing world stems from contaminated water and poor sanitation." He points out that 1.1 billion people around the world, or one in six people, lack access to clean drinking water while 2.6 billion people, or two in six, lack access to adequate sanitation.
The enormous public health consequences include:
Unclean water also has devastating economic and social consequences. Women and girls spend their days walking miles in search of clean water, instead of earning money for their families or going to school.
"For all these reasons, bringing safe water and sanitation to communities in the developing world has been one of our foundation's top priorities," says Hilton. "The foundation began working in this area in 1990, and we are proud to have been at the forefront in investing in potable water. We are particularly pleased that now so many other foundations, corporations, NGOs and donors are joining in the effort to bring safe water and better sanitation to the developing world," noted Hilton.
The Hilton Foundation has committed more than $62 million to provide clean, sustainable sources of water that have benefited nearly one million people in Africa and Southern Mexico.
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. The foundation along with its related entities has assets exceeding $4.3 billion, and since its inception, has committed more than $780 million for charitable projects throughout the world. More than 50 percent of its grants fund international projects.
For more information, visit http://www.hiltonfoundation.org
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