PWW & Rotary

Pure Water for the World, Inc. (PWW) was founded as a club project by Rotary Club of Brattleboro, VT in 1994 and became its own 501(c)(3) in 1999.

PWW’s Rotary roots run deep and continue to flourish today. The following is a snapshot of PWW’s continued close connections with Rotary.

  • PWW Staff:
    • Carolyn Crowley Meub, Executive Director, Emeritus – Past District Governor 7870; recognized in 2012 by the White House as as Rotary Champion of Change.
    • Maria Inestroza, Honduras Country Director – Past President and Foundation Chair, Rotary Club Nueva Tegucigalpa; Past President WinS (water in schools committee); Governors Assistant for WASH in District.
  • Board of Directors is well represented by Rotarians
    • Current President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
    • Past Board Member recognized as Rotary Change Maker.
    • Past Board President was Director of Rotary International.
  • Supported by > 500 Rotary Clubs. Implementer in Honduras and Haiti with significant Rotarian involvement. Since 2000, PWW has successfully implemented over 34 safe water and sanitation Rotary grants, totaling > $3,353,700, and reaching:
    • 160,000 people; 320 schools
    • 28,000 biosand filters in homes and schools
    • 1,766 latrines in homes and schools
  • Rotary Volunteers. Rotarians from across the United States and Canada participate in PWW service trips to Honduras and Haiti. They actively participate in spreading the word and helping to raise critical funds through Rotary Grants.
  • PWW’s Commitment to Sustainability in Alignment with Rotary:
    • Extensive training on health/hygiene, including menstrual health management.
    • Community involvement, including training and development of Community Agents.
    • Monitoring and evaluation to measure impact and support long-term efficacy.
    • In-country staff includes nine CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology) certified trainers and three certified water lab technicians, providing a wide range of WASH training and education programs, expanding reach and impact.
    • Monitoring results demonstrate that four years after project implementation, 98% of families are still utilizing water filters, which are continuing to effectively protect the health of the families by producing safe water.

PWW projects have reached hundreds of schools and healthcare facilities, tens of thousands of homes, and hundreds of thousands of children and adults with WASH solutions.