It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to you as the Executive Director of Pure Water for the World (PWW). It is a tremendous privilege to continue the transformative work being done by our dedicated staff, exceptional board members, incredible volunteers, and generous donors and supporters of this impactful organization.
My husband and I relocated from Ohio to Rutland, Vermont, with our two children, in 2018. I first learned about PWW at a Rotary Club meeting when Carolyn Meub introduced herself to me. Carolyn, as you probably know, had recently retired after serving as Executive Director for 17 of PWW’s 20 years. I was quickly inspired as I learned about this small organization making such a huge impact on the lives of vulnerable families through the provision of our most basic human necessities…safe water, sanitation and hygiene. When the opportunity to join the team was presented, I was thrilled.
As I step into this leadership role, at a time when a microscopic virus has caused much unrest on our planet, I am inspired by the work our teams in Haiti and Honduras have been doing to combat harmful pathogens and make safe water, sanitation and hygiene possible for hundreds of thousands of people. Their teachings are increasingly critical today.
I have learned that our teams have spent years providing essential education, focused on the importance of healthy hygiene practices, including handwashing, to children, families, schools and health centers in the most remote and underserved communities. PWW teams teach concepts these community members have never learned, including the proper techniques to protect themselves against bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that cause diseases. As a result of their hard work and perseverance, these families now have the tools and knowledge to better protect themselves during this global pandemic. I am proud to be part of this team.
While much uncertainty about the coming days exists, I remain optimistic. I feel confident we can all work together and learn new ways to support one another to protect our personal and public health and wellness, not just in the United States, but with our neighbors across the globe.
Please feel free to reach out and introduce yourself. I look forward to getting to know you and continue our shared pursuit of safe water, hygiene and sanitation for all.
Jennifer L. Scott