Note from our Founder about COVID-19


 

Dear Friend,

Thanks for letting me connect with you directly during this uncertain time. First, I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and safe. Many of you are no doubt facing the same types of impact we are, whether they’re financial, job-related, or simply the loss of daily interaction with those you care about.

It’s hard for us at The Water Project too. We’re built on relationship, so missing out on even the mundane routines of office life, as we all work from home, is a big loss. The impact on our work, while well-managed today, brings some anxiety too. So…please know we are in this with you. We understand and offer whatever we can to support and encourage you.

I also want you to know that in the midst of all of this, we’re doing what we do! In a world turned upside down – when everyone is wondering what tomorrow holds – we find ourselves walking into exactly the same work we’ve always done. It’s work that is crucial to helping fight back the scourge of sickness, to bring the world back to some kind of normal, and then on to flourishing again. I believe that captures the challenge we are well prepared for.

The whole world is focused on clean hands. That’s what we do!

It’s also what we’ve done in the midst of another crisis. I think immediately of our team in Sierra Leone, who many of you have supported. They walked this very hard road before, caring for their communities in the midst of the Ebola crisis a few years ago.

Like today, it meant teaching health and hygiene to communities not yet affected. It also meant celebrating as the first local medical clinic began caring for the sick, thanks to a water point they had brought back to life! It meant persevering through the crisis together with friends, co-workers, and family, and then again celebrating as the last patient left that same clinic as life returned to ‘normal.’

We’re looking forward to that same celebration in a few months. We’ll see the marks of hard work on our hands and faces. We’ll be tired. There might be scars. But we will also understand what it really means to have been in the right place, at the right time, doing the right work.

We will emerge from this stronger as we go through it together. So, I invite you to come a bit closer, with us. You have an important seat at our table. We need your voice, your compassion, and your energy.

You are critical to helping The Water Project continue our work in earnest. Our teams on the ground are on the front lines right now. Local governments have tapped them to lead life-saving education efforts. And our repair teams are delivering essential services to keep water flowing in the vulnerable communities we serve.

The novel coronavirus respects no boundaries and so we’re doubling our efforts to best prepare our neighbors to keep it away. Clean hands require soap AND water and we’re able to help keep both available. I’ll continue to update you about the details of our work and welcome you to read more about our current response to COVID-19 here.

Be safe, be healthy, and know we’re in this together.

 

Peter Chasse
President & Founder
The Water Project

Master Pools Guild – Brand Partner


We had the pleasure of speaking with Teri Wiltshire, Special Projects Manager of Master Pools Guild (MPG) and Carla Sovernigo, President/CFO of Alka Pool and past Chairwomen of MPG to learn more about their organization and commitment to providing clean water to communities in need. Master Pools Guild has partnered with The Water Project since 2015, raising more than $100,000 and helping 2000+ people gain access to clean water.

The Guild is an international network of elite custom pool builders who build the world’s finest pools and have a commitment to sharing with and educating other members. “One thing that makes this organization unique, with over 100+ member companies, is that these are companies that are primarily family businesses, some of them in their 2nd and 3rd generation and I think that brings a unique character to the group as a whole,” shares Teri. “It gives this group something special that is hard to find anywhere else.”

Current members have grown up together, creating a special community, “It is not just an organization of businesses, it’s a family. And we connect to one another like family. We don’t just care about our businesses, we care about each other,” adds Carla. (more…)

Bio Ouster – Brand Partner


Bio Ouster is all about clean water.  It’s more than just their business – it’s their passion! They are a leader in household water treatment of hot tubs, swimming pools, jetted bathtubs, washing machines and water filtration systems.  In 2018, through a partnership with The Water Project, they expanded their clean water impact to include the developing world.

We had the opportunity to speak with Managing Partner, David Wood, to hear more about Bio Ouster and their commitment to providing communities with access to safe water.

Prior to starting Bio Ouster, David spent 19 years as the publisher for four industry magazines devoted to the swimming pool and spa industry. “As a leisure industry focused on water, I became very aware of the major worldwide crisis facing humanity,” says David. “On a personal level, my son took a 3-week immersion trip in high school to El Salvador. Upon his return, he shared multiple stories of the challenges they faced with just getting access to any water, much less clean water. It left a lasting impression.” (more…)

Jade Yoga – Brand Partner


https://jadeyoga.com/

Jade Yoga has been a supporter of The Water Project since 2011. Jade is committed to making the world’s best performing, most environmentally friendly yoga products and giving back to the earth with every product sold – including clean water! We had the opportunity to speak with Dean Jerrehian of Jade Yoga about his commitment to providing clean water through his business opportunities.

Dean first learned about the water crisis from his daughter, while she was in high school. “She explained to me that time kids could be spending in schools learning was often used to travel long distances to obtain fresh water – not to mention the many water-borne diseases they were at risk for. It was honestly surprising to me that such a basic need (that I take for granted) is so hard to come by for me.” (more…)