Portland Global Initiatives is a registered nonprofit with a mission to increase awareness about global water issues and lead the way in sustainably addressing both the issues, and the need. The group holds the annual fundraising events to raise funds to support global water projects. Each year an event is held in honor of UN World Water Day. The board formed in 2010 and gained their 501 (c) 3 status in January, 2011.
In 2012 the Walk for Water raised funds to finance a water purification project for a school in Papua New Guinea. 2013 proceeds funded a project in Buena Vista, Honduras, which resulted in 136 homes receiving safe drinking water for the first time.
We all know the essential building blocks of life: food, shelter, clothing, and water. Often times we take these for granted, knowing that they are always there for us but for many in the world that simply isn’t the case. All around the world people, mostly young girls, walk miles each day to secure their families’ daily water supply.
Nearly one billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation. For Delia, a mother in Honduras, this means a three-mile walk each way to the nearest clean water source. This doesn’t sound like such a difficult task, but the three-mile walk back with a full bucket of water for her family is a true test of endurance. Not only is this an arduous task, but it is time away from education, family, and other pursuits that would help Delia rise to her true potential, and thus further maintaining the cycle of poverty.
Portland Global Initiatives is working to ensure that every community has access to clean, potable water. Last year, in cooperation with Global Brigades, we brought water into every home in a rural community in Honduras. The result was 136 homes receiving ready access to potable water, community members trained in the maintenance of the system and a reduction in the 1.8 million easily preventable deaths attributed to water borne illnesses each year.