World Water Day 2023

Accelerate Change

World Water Day 2023 is March 22nd. This year’s theme is ‘Accelerate Change’.

Every year PWW hosts World Water Day events in Honduras, Haiti and the United States, to help raise awareness and provide education about the global water crisis.

Mark your calendar for PWW’s 3rd annual Health, Hope & Opportunity Virtual Auction. Celebrate World Water Day 2023 and help accelerate change from the comfort of your own home.

The auction is LIVE. Bidding closes at 9pm EST on Wednesday, March 22nd. You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to bid, shop, and share the life-changing and very precious gifts of safe water with children and families in Haiti and Honduras. See a sample of available auction items in the sidebar.

*Shop. Bid. Win-Win. Visit the auction now.

In October 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an urgent call-to-action to accelerate progress on ensuring safe drinking water for all.

“Dysfunction throughout the water cycle is undermining progress on all major global issues, from health to hunger, gender equality to jobs, education to industry, disasters to peace. Back in 2015, the world committed to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 as part of the 2030 Agenda – the promise that everyone would have safely managed water and sanitation by 2030. Right now, we are seriously off-track. Billions of people and countless schools, businesses, healthcare centres, farms and factories are being held back because their human rights to water and sanitation have not yet been fulfilled. We need to accelerate change…” (source)

Global Reality in 2023:

  • 1 in 4 people on our planet lacks reliable access to safely managed drinking water.
  • Waterborne illnesses continue to be a leading cause of death, with an estimated 829,000 people dying each year from water-related diarrheal illnesses.

“How can a nation grow and develop its economy, educate its children, employ its adults and govern itself responsibly and democratically when its people don’t even have a chance to have the most basic of needs? Imagine trying to effectively run an educational system where two thirds of the children are chronically ill and thus frequently absent.  Imagine trying to run a profitable business where two thirds of the employees and customers are chronically ill. Imagine trying to effectively govern and lead a people who are chronically ill. It simply cannot be done.” – Carolyn Meub, PWW Executive Director, Emeritus (exc. from 2009 interview)

PWW is Committed to Accelerating Change

For 24 years, PWW has maintained the vision of a world in which all people have reliable access to safe water, proper sanitation and the knowledge to sustain it for future generations.

We know that reliable access to safely managed water and sanitation, combined with healthy hygiene practices and resources, empowers children, families and entire communities with the lasting foundation for improved health, stronger economies, and greater opportunities for prosperity.

Every day, PWW continues making strides toward achieving this vision, accelerating change in underserved communities across Haiti and Honduras, reaching thousands of children and their families every year with sustainable, life-changing safe water solutions.

PWW teams work closely with leaders and community members to design and implement comprehensive and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs in homes, schools, health clinics, and the greater communities. Local capacity is built, and WASH tools and education are reinforced, through the training of local Community Agents and Water Boards. Long-term monitoring measures results and provides support to ensure water quality, adoption of hygiene practices, and efficacy of WASH programs.

With the goal of accelerating access to safe water and sanitation to more people and communities, PWW shares its knowledge and expertise with others. PWW’s WASH Training and Consulting Services deliver WASH educational workshops and consulting services to other NGOs, governmental agencies, health officials, educators, and private businesses throughout Central America and Haiti.

PWW RESULTS. PWW has served 730 communities across Haiti and Central America, reaching more than 750,000 individuals. And this number grows every year!

  • >20,000 water filters installed in homes, schools, orphanages, health clinics.
  • 12+ community water systems; >200 rainwater harvesting systems.
  • 3,000+ bathroom facilities constructed at homes, schools, health clinics.
  • WASH trainings delivered to >17,000 families; >3,000 teachers, and more!