Global Water Foundation

The Global Water Foundation (GWF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering clean water and sanitation to the world’s neediest communities. Professional tennis player Johan Kriek founded the organization in 2005 after attending meetings of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The goals of the GWF echo the Millennium Development Goals established at the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000. [1]

Headquartered in Johannesburg , South Africa, with offices in Sarasota, Florida , and Raleigh, North Carolina , in the United States, [2] the GWF’s goal is to raise public awareness, sanitation in schools, rural areas and other communities.

Tennis legends John McEnroe , Martina Navratilova , Jim Courier , and other sports superstars including Olympic swimmers Aaron Peirsol , Janet Evans , Kate Ziegler and Tara Kirkhave pledged their support to serve as Clean Water Ambassadors [3] to deliver the Global Water Foundation’s message to a worldwide audience.

Overview

The Global Water Foundation was set up as a charitable trust , providing technical support, providing technical support, supporting technical innovation, and supporting the development of humanitarian aid throughout the world. the ultimate goal of providing good safe, healthy, drinking water and adequate sanitation in areas Where it is not available or Where accessibility and water supply -have-been Compromised.

The GWF is in the service of humanity : to help make the world a better place, a healthier place, a safer place and ultimately a place of peace and prosperity. All projects and programs funded by the GWF have the same goal: to make the world a better place for all.

Projects

The GWF completed their first project in 2006 in the Kamuli District in eastern Uganda. The GWF addressed serious water problems at the 983-student Ndolwa Parents School in the town of Budiope, northeast of the capital. The project was so successful that it quickly expanded the area of ​​15,000 people with clean water.

The GWF has been working with boronhole and has a Mono Pumps Solar Pumping System. This self-contained system stores water in a 2,600 gallon holding tank and is solar-powered , providing maximum water output without relying on fuel that drives up costs. The funds needed to drill the borehole and install the solar pump were approximately US $ 50,000.

Currently, the GWF is working with the Rotary International to repair a broken pipeline in Manta, Ecuador . The pipeline Was destroyed by an El Nino storm, leaving more than 1,700 children and families in the surrounding villages of San Juan, Santa Marianita, San Jose and San Ramon without regular access to clean water. Since the pipeline breaks, these villages are getting better. [4]

GWF has been teaming up with the International Tennis Group (ITG) and the Rotary Club of Naples to host an Ecuadorian Evening at the ATP Challenger Series Tennis Association on April 28, 2007 at the Naples Tennis Club. Mayor of Manta Jorge Zambrano attended the event, which featured a dinner of Ecuadorian fare and live and silent auctions. [5]

The project is currently underway and expected to complete work by early 2008.

Awareness

The Global Water Foundation understands the need to raise public awareness of the importance of clean water. A public service announcement and call to action from Johan Kriek can be found on YouTube. The GWF is also reaching out to younger audiences through Facebook and Facebook.

In addition to the GWF’s Web site, the organization opened a Virtual Education Center in the online Second Life community . The Virtual Education Center showcases pictures from the GWF’s work in Uganda, more important facts about water. The office is complete with GWF T-shirts for visitors. [6]

Celebrity Ambassadors

Celebrities who have become ambassadors for the GWF include: [7] [8] [9]

  • Amanda Beard
  • Jim Courier
  • Kevin Curren
  • Janet Evans
  • Brendan Hansen
  • Cullen Jones
  • Tara Kirk
  • Henri LeConte
  • John McEnroe
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Aaron Peirsol
  • Kate Ziegler

References

  1. Jump up^ Global Water Foundation Established to Global Water and Health Initiatives- Global Water Foundation official Web site
  2. Jump up^ Global Water Foundation Contact- Global Water Foundation official Web site
  3. Jump up^ Clean Water Ambassadors- Global Water Foundation official website
  4. Jump up^ Global Water Foundation (GWF) Recauda Fondos para Proyecto Ecuatoriano-Agua Latinoamerica, June 2007.
  5. Jump up^ Global Water Foundation Driving Vital Projects-Water Conditioning & Purification International, September 2007.
  6. Jump up^ Nuts & Bolts Case Study- “Social Marketing for a Cause.” Target Marketing, 31 July 2007.
  7. Jump up^ Going, Going Green- SI.com
  8. Jump up^ Aaron Peirsol signs is to help Global Water Foundation- Aaron-Peirsol.com
  9. Jump up^ Clean Water Ambassadors- Global Water Foundation official website

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