Clean Water & Solar for Ebola Treatment Project Selected by Clinton Global Initiative as Featured Commitment
Airlink, a rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief organization, was recognized for its role in a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action led by WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc. (WorldWater). The Commitment to deliver three clean water systems to Sierra Leone was featured onstage during the afternoon Plenary Session entitled “Infrastructure Challenges: Cites of the Future” at the Clinton Global Initiative 2015 Middle East & Africa Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
“Airlink is honored to be recognized for a second time by CGI for our ongoing efforts to help organizations responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa,” commented Steve Smith, Executive Director of Airlink. “It was through our CGI membership that these entities met and were introduced. It is extremely gratifying for Airlink to be part of an organization that enables us to provide support to those battling not only the Ebola virus but, perhaps more importantly now, the devastated healthcare systems that must be rebuilt.”
The CGI Commitment to Action, led by WorldWater, promises to deliver three of its largest solar-powered water purification systems free of charge to the Ministry of Water Resources in the Government of Sierra Leone. These units will assist the Ministry in their efforts as they endeavor to completely eradicate Ebola in the country. The total cost of the water filtration units is approximately $415,000. Chevron is contributing approximately $200,000 towards the project costs, and WorldWater will donate the remaining $215,000. WorldWater will also provide two years of maintenance on these purification units at an estimated value of $100,000.
Through Airlink’s network of air and ground transportation partners, including American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) and Logistics for Independent Foreign Transport (LIFT), the purification units will be sent to Sierra Leone. They will then be delivered to Freetown’s Connaught Hospital, the country’s main hospital and Ebola ward, which is in desperate need of clean water.
Airlink is a rapid-response disaster and humanitarian relief organization that links pre-qualified nonprofits with partner airlines for passenger and cargo transportation. Airlink’s rapid response business model supports the delivery of the right aid to the right people at the right time. With a global air transportation network that is constantly expanding as crises and natural disasters continue to occur around the world, Airlink has supported humanitarian initiatives on every continent. Since its inception in 2010, Airlink’s airline partners have flown over 3,500 passengers and transported approximately 2,500,000 pounds of aid cargo. For more information, please visitwww.airlinkflight.org. Follow Airlink on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), aninitiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 commitments, which have improved the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.
CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.organd follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at www.facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.