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The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) is the philanthropic arm of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (The IAPMO Group). IWSH was created to harness the skills, expertise and resources of water industry professionals, organizations and manufacturers to support critical water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives worldwide.
The flagship IWSH initiative is the international Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC), a program that assembles teams of skilled tradespeople from around the world who volunteer their time and energy to collaborate on the design and construction of new water and sanitation systems. These systems improve living environments and public health for communities in need. IWSH overseas ongoing CPC initiatives in India, South Africa and Indonesia, and in 2018, IWSH launched its program in the United States for the first time.
During its U.S. launch, IWSH provided hands-on plumbing expertise to the U.S. Water Prize-winning Navajo Water Project from DigDeep. This partnership represents IWSH’s first step — applying its shared resources, and utilizing its professional networks — toward helping tackle America’s growing water crisis, which today sees approximately 1.3 million people living without hot and cold running water in their homes, and many more living without clean, safe and drinkable water.
“In addition to the life-changing work that was completed in homes across the Navajo Nation reservation, our goal for this latest Community Plumbing Challenge was to start an important dialogue between policymakers, sponsors and IWSH stakeholders on how, together, we can find solutions to America’s water crisis,” said Dan Daniels, chair of the IWSH board of directors. “In 2018 we have connected with many new IWSH Ambassadors, all of whom are able to contribute in important and impactful ways, both in the United States and in support of our other international programs.”
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