General Welfare Pratisthan, Nepal
The filters will provide clean drinking water for up to 6,000 people.
About General Welfare Pratisthan: Kathmandu, Nepal
Cole was introduced to the non-profit General Welfare Pratisthan (GWP) by Scott Fifer, Founder of Go Campaign. Because of Go Campaign’s long-time partnership with GWP, we know that these filters will reach the earthquake victims directly. With funds provided by the Go Campaign, GWP will be rebuilding 15 schools whose water supplies were damaged. The schools have a total of 37,000 students.
GWP was founded by Mahesh Bhattarai in 1993 to promote the socio-economic empowerment of women. GWP works to educate the community about sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, reduce the number of girls who are trafficked to neighboring countries like India, and provide girls with business education, mentoring, and micro/small business loans. GWP is actively working in 20 districts in Nepal and has reached more than 500,000 beneficiaries through its outreach programs that focus on income generation, health improvement, education, and the environment.
On April 25, 2015 a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal near Kathmandu. Avalanches were reported in the Himalayas, including on Mount Everest. Then on May 2, a second 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the capital as well. The earthquakes killed more than 8,800 people, destroyed nearly half a million houses and damaged another 280,000, leaving thousands in need of food, clean water and shelter. GWP is distraught that the earthquake wiped out 100 schools in the area.
Clean Water Ambassadors Foundation was able to donate 60 filters to GWP through its successful fund raising efforts. Coincidentally Mr. Bhattarai was visiting family in Northern California in August of 2015 so Cole was able to personally demonstrate and deliver the filters.
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