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Results of 2016 Safe Water Project in Ecuador

The GROW Fund, a nonprofit program developed by Organics Unlimited, has announced the results of donations provided in 2016 for an Ecuador clean water program. GROW by Organics Unlimited awarded a grant to Fundación Niñez Internacional (Children International Foundation) to fund a five-month Safe Water Project that improved the health of 450 families.

The Children International Guayaquil Agency focused their efforts on families living in Duran, a region with a population of 236,000 and an extraordinary 67.8% poverty rate. Research showed over two-thirds of families who received aid from the organization did not follow proper safety measures for the storage and use of water for cooking and drinking. The GROW grant funded workshops for families on safe water practices, methods of water disinfection, conservation of water quality, prevention of water-related diseases and proper home hygiene practices. After the program, Children International conducted home visits to assess the results of the Clean Water Project.

“I learned how to disinfect water with chlorine and received a little dropper to measure the correct dosage of chlorine,” said Vilma Sornoza, a mother who was a beneficiary of the Clean Water Project. “Before, my son was frequently ill, but now his health has improved. I always want the best for my son, and this program allows me to give him that.”

GROW by Organics Unlimited has supported the Safe Water Project with grants since 2013. GROW also funded the Safe Water Project for the town of Duran.

“Some of my favorite moments are when I learn of the results of our grants,” said Mayra Velazquez de León, president of Organics Unlimited and GROW.

Over the past decade, through retailer and distributor support, GROW organic banana purchases have raised over $2 million in aid for communities near Organics Unlimited banana farms in Mexico and Ecuador. A percentage derived from the purchase of each box of GROW organic bananas is earmarked for the GROW Fund.

Hannah Martine
Organics Unlimited
Tel: 619 906 5540 ext. 307
[email protected]
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