CannedWater4Kids Makes a Donation to UWM Engineers Without Borders
The Money Will Help Fund a Clean Water Project in Guatemala
CannedWater4Kids (CW4K) is proud to support a water project that will help villages in the Ixil Triangle of Guatemala obtain sustainable, running potable water. When complete, this project will serve 40 families and more than 160 children.
“COVID-19 has had an impact on all of us. Guatemala is one country that has been hit extremely hard, with many villages in urgent need of safe, potable water,” said Marissa Jablonski, CW4K Board member and mentor to UWM’s Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. “EWB at UWM is committed to delivering sustainable solutions that enable healthier lives.”
The project will include a conveyance line from the natural mountain spring to a distribution tank and also three distribution lines providing water to 40 homes with approximately six people per home – this is 160 children. There is no current water system providing water to the community and they are very excited to work with local NGOs, ACCMARI and Engineers Without Borders at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to build their new distribution and sanitation system.
With the pandemic we all face today, access to potable water is more prevalent than ever. Imagine not having a sink to wash hands in to feel safe, clean water to drink to keep healthy or water to wash clothes in to remove germs.
“It is always hard to imagine what it would be like without clean, safe water,” said Greg Stromberg, CW4K founder and CEO. “We hope that our donation will help restore and improve the lives of children and families in the communities served by this project.”
CannedWater4Kids (cW4k) is a 501(c)(3) charity based in Sussex, WI. The organization’s purpose is to ensure all children have access to sustainable, clean, safe drinking water. cW4k funds its initiatives with cash donations, grants, and through the North American sales of their premium drinking water in aluminum cans and bottles. Ninety-five cents of every dollar collected goes to support, fund, and deliver clean water programs.
Projects include assisting the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Engineers Without Borders in bringing sustainable water purification solutions to the highlands of Guatemala, and support for well/water tank and Bio Sand Filter projects in Zambia, Kenya, and Tanzania, Africa. Recent disaster and hurricane -relief efforts include the sending of truckloads of canned drinking water to Michigan, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit https://www.cannedwater4kids.org
About EWB at UWM
Engineers Without Borders at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (EWB@UWM) is a student chapter of the national Engineers Without Borders 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Since 2007, EWB@UWM has worked on water projects in the Ixil Triangle of Northwest Guatemala. Projects involve collaboration between local Guatemalan NGO ACCMARI, residents of each village, the municipal government, EWB@UWM, UWM Peace-building personnel and funders. Each of these groups plays a vital role in the assessment and construction of the project. Visit https://www.ewbatuwm.com/.