PWW participated in the Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award ceremony, held in Atlanta, Georgia, May 18-19th, 2017. Award winners were announced last November. This ceremony was a gathering to celebrate the awards and hear about the impact these gifts are are creating.
Wade Bradford, Operator/Owner of Chick-fil-A Hwy 6 @ West Little York, Texas, and Michael McFerren, Operator/Owner of Chick-fil-As in Abington and Aberdeen Maryland, and at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, jointly nominated PWW for the True Inspiration Award. PWW was the Northeast Region award winner.
Bradford traveled to Honduras, as a volunteer, on a trip with PWW. He was deeply inspired by the positive results he witnessed, firsthand, among the children, families and communities PWW served.
The two-day True Inspiration Award event featured a tour of the Chick-fil-A support center in Atlanta, opportunities to meet and mingle with other CFA team members, operators and organizations, and ended with a gala honoring award recipients and the people they serve.
We were happy to share the progress of the CFA award during this event. The project, benefiting Honduras schools and families in the rural, remote region of Trojes, was started in mid- February this year. Trojes is a coffee region, located in the southeastern Honduras. Most of the children harvest coffee to help their parents with income, especially during the final months of the coffee season. For this reason, many students do not actually start school until after the season is over, the beginning of March, as this is the only time of the year during which families can make an income higher than one dollar a day.
The CFA True Inspiration Award will help us serve 19 schools, and four of their surrounding communities, with comprehensive WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) solutions. In seven of these schools, to date, 5750 meters of PVC piping, from the individual water sources to the schools they serve, have been installed; seven hand-washing stations have been built; six gender-specific latrines have been completed. More work is continuing in the schools, including the installation of safe water filters, training for teachers, hygiene workshops for students (including menstrual hygiene), and follow-up. Ultimately the school project will reach 1,022 children.
Additionally, latrines and filters will be installed in family homes in four surrounding communities, where PWW has not already worked. This effort will reach 660 people in their homes. Hygiene education and deworming will also be implemented.
We are honored to be included in this group of amazing organizations doing impactful work in their communities. We are grateful to both of the CFA operators, Wade and Michael, who nominated us. And we are grateful to CFA for their generosity.