What is PGWI?
The Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) is a group of interested organizations and individuals committed to helping to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals for water/sanitation throughout the world. It includes among its members the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Water Department, Water for People, Aqua America, Pennoni Associates, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Uhl, Baron, Rana and Associates, the United Nations Association – Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Meta Quality of Life Improvement Foundation, Traveling Mercies, Keiyo Soy Ministries, the Delaware River Basin Commission, and Rotary District 7450. PGWI is always interested in welcoming more members.
To increase global access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services, engaging the resources and expertise of the Philadelphia region and beyond.
The members of the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative envision a world where all people have access to safe water and sanitation; a world where suffering from water-related and sanitation-related diseases are eliminated. By utilizing the resources and expertise of the Philadelphia Region, we work to increase global access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services.
Letter from Stanley Laskowski, PGWI President
There is an accelerating interest in the global water/sanitation crisis both in DC and locally. On World Water Day in March 2010 Secretary of State gave an unprecedented endorsement for USA support in addressing these important issues [see http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2010/03/138737.htm ]. There are also many activities to report in the Philadelphia Region. The following are a sampling:
- Projects continue by members of the PGWI network in Haiti, Kenya, Afghanistan, Cameroon, India, and other places.
- PGWI and the University of Pennsylvania have signed an Memorandum of Agreement with Water For People, one of the USA’s leading organizations providing water/sanitation support to the developing world.
- In our continuing efforts to improve communications, PGWI is now on Twitter and Facebook.
- In order to advance both science and the global viewpoint with high school students, this summer PGWI and others will be undertaking a pilot program on the global water/sanitation crisis for students from the Philadelphia School District.
- Haiti update: Aldo Magazzeni, Traveling Mercies, has delivered supplies to those suffering from the impacts of the earthquake. University of Pennsylvania students have researched long term solutions to water/sanitation solutions for that country. The papers are available upon request.
- University of Pennsylvania graduate students visited both the United Nations and the US Government/NGOs in DC to learn first-hand about the latest thinking on the global water/sanitation crisis.
These are only a few of the wonderful things that organizations in the Philadelphia area are doing to help those in developing countries with their water and sanitation problems. If you have any questions regarding these activities, please contact us.
Philadelphia Global Water Initiative