Reaching the 7 Billion liter milestone – one liter for every person on the planet and Expanding CSDW in Latin America with ChildFund Brazil

Allison Tummon Kamphuis

7 BN Before and After 2Today we are celebrating the CSDW Program’s most global milestone yet – 7 billion liters of clean drinking water distributed with our safe drinking water partners in 75 countries. We’re launching a new video to recognize this milestone and as you can see – the program is touching and improving the lives of children and their families all around the globe by providing clean drinking water (link to video). Continue reading

Back to our Roots – Canadian Ambassador Jason Priestley helps the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program provide more clean drinking water to those who need it most

April 3, 2014
Allison Tummon Kamphuis

Photo 1As a proud Canadian, this is a special week as we have launched our newest partnership with P&G and Walmart Canada to raise awareness about the clean drinking water crisis. This year-long program has a goal to donate 25 million days of clean water for children and families who need it most through CSDW and our safe drinking water partners. Our goal to save one life every hour is an ambitious one and as we’ve said many times, we can’t do it alone. In February, we highlighted our partnership with Walmart’s Asda stores in the UK (UK blog) and now this multi-faceted program has come to Canada. Continue reading

World Water Day 2014:The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has arrived in Viet Nam

Photo 1Since 2004, the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) has provided clean drinking water in more than 75 countries and often our first efforts are in emergency response settings. After early field testing with UNICEF and multiple emergency responses, we are happy to launch our newest community-based program with the local government and World Vision Vietnam. CSDW welcomes Ha Nguyen, P&G Vietnam Communications Manager who is coordinating the CSDW Program efforts locally as she shares an account of the recent launch event in Quang Tri province. Cam on ban Ha! Thank you Ha!

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World Water Day 2014: USAID and P&G celebrate the launch of its partnership to provide 100MM liters of clean drinking water to mothers and children of Myanmar – Photo Blog

For nearly a decade, through the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, P&G has been partnering with many diverse organizations to raise awareness and address the global clean drinking water crisis.   As we approach World Water Day 2014, we are pleased to have Abhijit Dutta, Government Relations Leader for ASEAN share his account of the recent launch of our newest public private partnership in Myanmar with USAID.  Many thanks to Abhijit for leading this partnership on the ground and for providing a glimpse into this landmark event for CSDW! Continue reading

Celebrating One Billion Liters of Clean Drinking Water with World Vision, by Allison Tummon Kamphuis, P&G CSDW Program Leader

Toasting #6How a partnership grew from rural Malawi to helping people in 34 countries around the world.

The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has grown to providing more than 1.3 billion liters of clean drinking water each year and this is directly attributable to our partnerships with organizations that share our mission to reduce the illness and deaths caused by contaminated drinking water. We’re pleased to work with more than 140 advocacy and implementation partners in our efforts around the world and one of our largest and extensive partnerships today is with World Vision.

 

 

Today the P&G CSDW Program is pleased to celebrate a special milestone with World Vision – the one billionth liter of clean drinking water provided since we started working together in 2007. (link to press release) Continue reading

P&G and Asda UK Clean Water Ambassador Melanie C joins CSDW in Ghana to see the magic of P&G packets

Photo 2Today we’re pleased to welcome our latest guest blogger – Claude Zukowski – who joined our Children’s Safe Drinking Water team in 2012. In addition to leading important technical work on CSDW, Claude is the global coordinator for P&G’s disaster response efforts. Below she provides a behind the scenes account of our latest ambassador’s visit to see the transformation that happens when a community has clean water. Thank you Claude!

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P&G Purifier of Water packets are an IRI technology tournament finalist – you can help… vote today!

FamilySince the P&G CSDW Program was founded nearly 10 years ago, the P&G Purifier of Water packets and the program itself have been recognized with a number of notable awards including the Stockholm Industry Water Award, Stockholm International Water Institute; the Ron Brown Corporate Leadership Award, U.S. Presidential Award; the Top Ten “Breadkthroughs to Change the World”, Popular Mechanics Technology Award; and the Economist Social Innovation Award for our effort to reduce the sickness and deaths of children caused by drinking contaminated water. Today we have an opportunity for you to help us to bring more attention to the clean drinking water crisis and raise awareness of our efforts to address it. Continue reading

Join Flash Flood for Good

 FFFG #8A tweet is a powerful thing. In fact, it can help save lives.

How could something so simple be powerful? Combine it with millions of others, and it can be used as a mega-voice for the voiceless…. To raise awareness of issues that are real, life threatening, but completely solvable. We’re excited to be a part of – and want you to be a part of – a historic social media initiative for Clean Water called “Flash Flood for Good.” Continue reading

“Seeing is Believing” – P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program Hosts President Clinton & Chelsea Clinton in Rwanda with partner World Vision

ATK and WJC #1 1After more than 5 years of being privileged to work every day on the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, I’ve recently stepped in to lead the program after Dr. Greg Allgood’s recent retirement from P&G and I’m enthusiastic about continuing to share updates on our work to provide P&G Purifier of Water packets around the world.  Over the past 8.5 years, Greg and a collection of special guest authors have shared the personal stories of so many children and their families who have experienced the life-changing effects of having clean drinking water.  As I write my first CSDW entry, I look forward to having more P&Gers talk about their own involvement in helping our program to grow.

Today was an inspiring day for our P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program efforts as we were joined at an elementary school in Kigali, Rwanda by some very special guests – former U.S. President Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea Clinton and a delegation of Clinton Foundation supporters – to see the P&G packets at work as part of our Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment to provide clean drinking water to those who need it most.  I was honored to represent P&G hosting our guests alongside our long-time partner World Vision including their new Vice-President of World Vision Water, Dr Greg Allgood. 

Chelsea Shaking #2For today’s Clinton Foundation visit, we had two schools participate – our host school in Kigali had the benefit of municipally treated water and rainwater harvesting tanks however the students from Ntarama village brought with them the dirty swamp water that they are forced to collect by walking for an hour twice each day.

Water Source #3This very turbid water is exactly the kind of highly contaminated water that the P&G packets are so effective at cleaning.  And World Vision’s development work in these deep rural communities makes them an excellent CSDW partner – currently they are providing more clean drinking water in rural areas than any other NGO.  In Rwanda this year alone, we are providing 60 million liters of clean water together as part of a “bridge strategy” until a more sustainable source like a water pipeline or well can be completed in the community.  

WJC w Packet #4President Clinton has mentioned our CGI commitment to address the clean drinking water crisis on many occasions and again today we were honored as he spoke about his admiration for P&G as a company and for our NGO partner World Vision and how impressed he is by the work we are doing together in Rwanda and around the world to address the clean drinking water crisis.  From our collaboration with CGI, he is very familiar with the health impact of the P&G packets and he said today that “it’s one of the simplest things we can do to save lives.”

 

 

WJC and Chelsea Stirring #5With a large collection of international and local media watching, it was indeed a great opportunity to show exactly how simple our packets are to use.  And after her visit to Myanmar in May with P&G and World Vision to provide the 6th billionth liter of clean water purified by the packets, Chelsea was not shy at jumping in to lend a hand in treating this filthy water from the community where Confiance and Emmanuel, our student demonstrators live.  She even provided a few stirring tips to her dad to make sure that he was creating a good vortex or whirlpool in the bucket to help the flocculation process along! 

 

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As the water clarified and the dirt, worms and parasites settled to the bottom of the bucket, “seeing was believing” for those who had never witnessed our amazing innovation before.  There were a lot of camera shutters clicking!  After filtering the water and waiting 20 minutes for the chlorine to kill all the bacteria and viruses in the water, we were able to drink a toast to the progress made on our CGI Commitment to scale up the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program to save one life every hour by 2020.

 

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With so many thirsty people, our 10 liters didn’t last long and so it was very welcome when one of the Clinton Foundation visitors volunteered to treat another bucket of the contaminated water.  It was hard to miss our volunteer – Brook Lopez, the 7-foot tall NBA All-star center for the Brooklyn Nets – who stepped up with some dedicated stirring, and he prepared another 20 liters of clean drinking water! 

WJC and Chelsea #7Before our guests had to depart from the school, we were thrilled that Chelsea enthusiastically agreed that she and her father would help launch a new social media initiative called “Flash Flood for Good” at the CGI annual meeting on September 24.   In support of our CGI commitment, this effort will aggregate the Facebook and Twitter feeds of the public and celebrities to raise funds to provide clean water.   In keeping with this year’s CGI theme of “Mobilizing for Impact”, Flash Flood for Good will support distribution of more P&G packets in World Vision programs including the Myanmar village that Chelsea visited in May and the efforts in Rwanda that President Clinton and Chelsea saw firsthand today.  Every $10 donated during the 72-hour campaign period in September will provide clean drinking water to a child for a year.   The most recent celebrities to join Flash Flood for Good are Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, and Scarlet Johannson which brings the current reach to over 184 million people.

FFFG #8Please consider joining the effort and donating your Facebook and Twitter feeds (https://www.flashfloodforgood.org/).  

We’re excited about this opportunity that will raise awareness and support the expansion of our CSDW programs in Myanmar, Rwanda, and Ethiopia beyond the 100 million liters of clean drinking water we are currently providing in these countries with World Vision.

And a sincere thank you to the World Vision Rwanda and World Vision Water teams for their collaborative partnership and for the tireless efforts put toward hosting all of our special guests from the Clinton Foundation today! 

Photo credits:  World Vision

Retiring from P&G and Joining World Vision Water: Continuing the Work to Provide Clean Water to the Poor

Greg with childI’m retiring after nearly 27 years with Procter & Gamble and will continue my mission to provide clean drinking water to the poor by joining World Vision as their new Vice President of World Vision Water.  Please see the media release announcing my appointment (Allgood Release 0613). I’ve also accepted a position as a Visiting Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. I’m excited about this new chapter in my career and very grateful to P&G, our partners, and all of the people who we’ve worked with to help address the global clean drinking water crisis. In this final blog, I’ll provide some closing thoughts and some perspective on P&G’s commitment to continue to grow the Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program in order to save one life every hour in the developing world by providing 2 billion liters of clean drinking water every year. Continue reading