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FACE AFRICA to host BENEFIT EVENT in commemoration of
united nation’s world water day
All proceeds from the evening will go towards FACE Africa's Clean Water Initiatives in Liberia
Boston, MA – March, 16, 2009 – In celebration of World Water Day, FACE Africa, a nonprofit organization working to bring innovative nonprofit programs to communities in Africa, will host a benefit event to raise awareness and funds for their clean water initiatives in Liberia. The event will take place on Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 at the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Massachusetts with special guests E. Denise Simmons, Mayor of the City of Cambridge, and Nathaniel Barnes, Liberian Ambassador to the United States. Peter Thum, Founder of Ethos Water and a former Vice President of Starbucks, will deliver the keynote remark.
All proceeds from the evening will go towards procuring and distributing PUR to rural communities in Liberia.
World Water Day is an international day of observance and action, created to draw attention to the plight of the more than 1 billion people worldwide that lack access to clean, safe drinking water. According to UNICEF, lack of clean water is the second largest killer of children under age five and 4,200 children die daily due to the lack of access to clean water. “FACE Africa is proud to join leading NGOs around the country to help raise awareness and funds to tackle the world water crises,” says Saran Kaba Jones, Founder and Executive Director, FACE Africa. “We are especially proud to be working with a company like Procter & Gamble to bring clean water solutions to rural Liberia.”
In February 2009, Procter and Gamble announced plans to appoint FACE Africa as a distributor of the company's point-of-use water treatment flocculent in Liberia. Trade named PUR, the flocculent is an innovation that quickly turns 10 liters of dirty, potentially deadly water into clean and drinkable water.
The organization’s long term goal is to establish more sustainable supply and distribution networks of point-to-use water treatment systems. The second method of water purification they plan to introduce is based on a solar-powered nano-porous membrane known by its trade name as the Sky Station. Manufactured by the engineering firm Siemens, the Sky Station is capable of producing 10,000 liters of clean water a day. Full event details can be found at: http://www.faceafrica.org/benefit_event.htm
About FACE AfricaFACE Africa is a Cambridge, MA based nonprofit organization working to bring innovative and results-oriented non-profit programs that have potential to address critical needs to communities in Africa. The organization supports programs that address rural issues affecting women and children in four key areas: education, health/nutrition, clean water, and technology. Their initial and primary focus is Liberia, a country emerging from a long and devastating civil war. Upon successful implementation of their programs in Liberia, FACE Africa will expand operations to other countries with similar challenges and needs. For more information, visit http://www.faceafrica.org/.