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Habitat for Humanity brings clean drinking water to three villages in Tamil Nadu

Facilitates the set up of water treatment facilities to help more than 1,500 families

Thangamalpuram Vembar, India - October 28, 2010

Habitat for Humanity inaugurated water treatment facilities in the coastal villages of Eraviputhenthurai, Thangammalpuram and Periyasamipuram, providing access to clean drinking water in these water parched areas. The water treatment facilities were set up by Habitat for Humanity in association with their local partners Evangelical Social Action Forum and People Action for Development. An inaugural ceremony was organized here today in the presence of the Mr. C. K Veeranan – Project Officer -District Rural development Agency (D.R.D.A) of District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Mr. R. A Selvam – Project Officer -Tamil Nadu Women Development Corp. (Mahalir Thittum), Mr. Natarajan – Asst. General Manager (Thoothukudi region) – NABARD, Mr. U Subramanian- Commissioner Villathikualam Block ,Mr. James Nirmal Rose- Block Development officer (BDO) and Mr. M Jeyraj- President Gram Panchayat.

Habitat for Humanity was instrumental in the development of the concept and facilitation of the project as well as implementation and monitoring, working closely with the village panchayats. The three water treatment plants were donated by Dow India as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. These plants are run on Dow’s proprietary Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology that removes impurities, bacteria and viruses, and helps prevent water-related diseases. Dow India supported Habitat for Humanity in the design, provision, and installation of the RO plants and provide training for their ongoing operation and maintenance.

This initiative is aimed at:

  • Establishing three water supply points in the villages
  • Providing clean drinking potable water to 1577 families
  • Enable provision of adequate clean water to the families
    (5-15 litres of safe water per family per day)
  • Reducing the incidence of waterborne diseases among these families
  • Reducing the amount of time spent by these families in collecting water each day

“It is a proud day for us at Habitat for Humanity, to witness the completion of our vision to provide these three villages with clean drinking water, a commodity very scarce in the state of Tamil Nadu. We are certain that this will ensure the reduction of waterborne diseases and improve the quality of life. I would also like to thank our local partners and Dow India for supporting this project,” said Mr. Dino L. Touthang, CEO Habitat for Humanity India.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a global non-governmental organization that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org/ap.

About Habitat for Humanity, India

Habitat for Humanity India built its first house in the Asia-Pacific region in Khammam in Andhra Pradesh. Since then Habitat for Humanity India, has built or repaired homes with over 35,000 families in need. This includes serving around 13,000 families through a post-tsunami reconstruction program covering the states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Over the years, Habitat has worked in 16 states across India, through local affiliates and through Habitat Resource Centers located at Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. The backbone of Habitat’s work is its relations with about 50 partner groups across the country. These include local grassroots organisations that provide poor communities with health, education, and women’s empowerment support. Habitat provides its core expertise in housing so its partners can offer a more holistic approach to helping communities escape poverty. Habitat’s work in India is supported by donations from individuals, business corporations, foundations and trusts. For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, please visit www.habitatindia.in.

About Evangelical Social Action Forum (EASF)

Evangelical Social Action Forum was established in 1992 as a Christian response to the social and economic needs of the people. ESAF stands for sustainable holistic transformation of the poor, and marginalized for a just and fair society. Evangelical Social Action Forum is a registered charitable society, born out of deep conviction that our deeds should match our words. The society was launched in 1992 under the patronage of Kerala Evangelical Graduates Fellowship.

About People Action for Development (PAD)

People Action for Development (PAD) is an important Voluntary Organisation in the region. People's Action for Development has built and strengthened local communities constantly striving to improve the lives of people through participatory action. PAD team works alongside people to help them overcome their everyday struggle for livelihood and for basic civic amenities like clean water, healthcare and education. Beginning with community building, PAD's activities encompass almost all aspects of people's lives, livelihood, healthcare, education and environmental conservation.

About Dow India

Providing market-leading products and solutions for important segments of Indian industry including building & construction, plastics & packaging, water & health, food & pharma, automotive, electronics, and renewable energies, Dow Chemical International Private Limited (Dow India) is committed to consistent growth through its expertise as a science and technology leader, its experience as a leading chemical company, and its engagement with the communities in which it operates. With almost 1000 employees in locations spread across Maharastra, Tamil Nadu and Haryana, Dow India has three established Centres of Excellence in the areas of Engineering (Chennai), Research & Development (Pune) and Transactional Services and Expertise (Mumbai), four manufacturing sites, customer application centres and a variety of commercial offices. As a responsible corporate citizen, Dow India provides free artificial limbs and technology development for the 'Jaipur Foot' initiative; built homes through the 'Habitat for Humanity' Jimmy Carter Work Project, and is providing water purification technology to supply clean drinking water to villages in India. Further information can be found at www.dow.in


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