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NGWREF awards $40,000 to developing nations’ projects


October 6, 2014
By Ground Water Canada

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Oct. 3, 2014, Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water
Research and Educational Foundation will fund four projects in Haiti, Malawi,
the Philippines and Uganda to help ensure safe drinking water.

Oct. 3, 2014, Westerville, OH – The National Ground Water
Research and Educational Foundation will fund four projects in Haiti, Malawi,
the Philippines and Uganda to help ensure safe drinking water.

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The NGWREF Developing Nations Fund will provide a total of
$40,000 to the four projects. The fund provides small assistance grants to
benefit the quality of life for people in developing economies around the world
without access to plentiful supplies of potable ground water.

The grant awards are as follows:

Engineers Without Borders-USA, Philadelphia Professional
Chapter: EWB-Philly’s Water for Life project focuses on the community of
Apatut, located in the Balaoan municipality of the province of La Union,
Philippines. The goal of the project is to provide an equitably distributed
potable water source to the 800 residents and the 300 school children in
Apatut. NGWREF is providing a $14,000 grant that will be used for ground water
source development (deep well drilling), pumping, treatment, storage, and
gravity distribution to provide water for this community.

Haiti Mission Inc.: The goal of Haiti Mission is to bring
potable water to within 500 feet of each family in the area of Jeremie, Haiti.
The Foundation is providing a $5,000 grant to help fulfil this mission. Lloyd
Duplantis, an NGWA Honorary Award winner, accepted the gift on behalf of Haiti
Mission and said, “HMI is proud to represent the best of what NGWREF stands
for, especially as it pertains to freshwater well drilling in developing nations.”

Hope 2 One Life Inc.: A 2011 and 2013 Developing Nations
grant recipient, Hope 2 One Life has received another grant, this time for
$9,475 for a ground water development project at the Lairobe Village and Moroto
West area in the Palabek District in northern Uganda. The wells funded by this
grant will provide potable community ground water supplies to more than 400
village residents and farmers, replacing surface waters and mudholes.

Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in Water and
Sanitation: The grant to Mzuzu University in northern Malawi will be the first
educational and training program to be funded by the Foundation’s Developing
Nations Fund. The $11,525 grant will fund a five-day conference targeted toward
drillers, pump installers, government employees, and students. Instructors will
teach skills in proper well construction, ethics, drilling fluid application,
and project sustainability.

More information may be found at the NGWREF Developing
Nations Fund website.