Horndiplomat-North Charleston, S.C. – April 10, 2019 – Water Mission, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization, is collaborating with FedEx and the Poul Due Jensen Foundation to provide emergency safe water to survivors of Cyclone Idai in Malawi and Mozambique.
Generous grants from each organization have allowed Water Mission to initiate a relief effort that includes the swift deployment of technical staff and equipment to the affected areas in both countries. With the support of FedEx and the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, Water Mission has shipped enough emergency water treatment equipment to bring access to safe water to 75,000 people.
“At FedEx, we remain committed to delivering for good and providing support in times of crisis,” said Jenny Robertson, Vice President of Corporate Communications at FedEx Services. “We take pride in using our global network to support Water Mission in delivering emergency water treatment systems to the communities affected by Cyclone Idai.”
“Every minute counts in the wake of a disaster. That’s why it is very important for us to know that our partners on the ground have the experience and organizational capacity to get the right help across to those in need as fast as possible. Water Mission have proven their worth again and again, and we are confident that our emergency funding will be put to the best possible use,” said Kim Nøhr Skibsted, Executive Director of the Poul Due Jensen Foundation.
“Cyclone Idai has caused widespread destruction across southeast Africa, and we know that at least 2.6 million people have been affected by the storm,” said Water Mission President and COO George C. Greene IV. “Our trusted relationships with FedEx and the Poul Due Jensen Foundation are playing a critical role in our disaster response initiatives, allowing us to respond to the desperate need for safe water in Malawi and Mozambique as quickly as possible. Together, we will be providing lasting safe water solutions to thousands of people in need.”
With more than 18 years of disaster response experience, Water Mission is prepared to send additional equipment to southeast Africa as needed and as resources are available. Donations to Water Mission’s Cyclone Idai Disaster Response can be made to watermission.org/2019Cyclone. Water Mission has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating for the past 12 years and has been featured in the New York Times and CNN for its Cyclone Idai response. To learn more or stay updated on Water Mission’s relief efforts, please visit watermission.org or follow @water_mission on Twitter and Instagram and @WaterMissions on Facebook.
About Poul Due Jensen Foundation
The Poul Due Jensen Foundation is a Danish commercial foundation. Grundfos’ founder, Poul Due Jensen, created the Foundation on 19 May 1975. The main purpose of the Poul Due Jensen Foundation is to ensure and support healthy economic growth and development of the Grundfos Group, but the Foundation also supports philanthropic activities within three main areas: safe Water for the world’s poorest, technical and scientific Research, and labor market Inclusion. Within Water, the Foundation keeps a reserve at hand for urgent disaster response. To learn more, visit pdjf.dk/en.
About Water Mission
Water Mission is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Since 2001, Water Mission has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water for more than four million people in 55 countries. Water Mission has 350 staff members working around the world in permanent country programs located in Africa, Asia, North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean. Notably, Charity Navigator has awarded Water Mission its top four-star rating twelve years in a row, a distinction shared by less than one percent of the charities rated by the organization. To learn more, visit watermission.org.