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.

Stanley Laskowski
Philadelphia Global Water Initiative

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