In a world where one-third of all schools operate without access to clean, drinkable water, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization has traveled to East Africa to start combating this global issue affecting young children. With the introduction of water backpacks in classrooms, Partners for Care (PFC) is on a mission to decrease preventable, waterborne illnesses.
One Water Backpack in Every Classroom Can Save Multiple Lives
With 18M Kenyans lacking access to clean, running water, the PFC team is introducing packH2O Water Backpacks with their Packs for Kids Program in East African schools. The objective? To prevent disease by providing one packH2O in every classroom so that children will have access to clean, safe drinking water.
And this is just the beginning of the organization’s efforts to combat the water crisis in Africa. Partners for Care CEO Connie Cheren says she knows that the organization needs to “reach many more Kenyans” and that the PFC team “sees preventable diseases caused by waterborne pathogens on a daily basis.”
Access to Clean Water Backpacks Has Already Saved Lives
This isn’t the first time PFC has deployed water backpacks to those in need. Through last year, the organization deployed a milestone of 25,000 backpacks, reaching over 100,000 lives. PFC has focused on the most water-stressed communities of the world, traveling everywhere from the slums of Nairobi to Kilifi County on the coast. The packs, partnered with in-field education, have not only provided clean water to these communities, but created a positive impact, plus solutions for clean water transportation and storage. Most notably, cholera outbreaks over the last year in Homa Bay, Kenya saw PFC introducing water backpacks to the community, helping many people keep their water safe and clean — saving lives.
Cheren said, “The packH2O Water Backpacks we introduced saved lives. It’s that simple. The for-purpose water backback protects and secures personal water and shields against the spread of cholera.”
For more information on the Packs for Kids campaign and to contribute to the program, please visit: http://www.partnersforcare.org/packs-for-kids-donate/