April 9, 2018
PUERTO RICO RELIEF EFFORTS
April 9, 2018
VOSS Water of Norway collaborated with Save the Children to send over 110,000 liters of Clean Drinking Water to Puerto Rico.
Six months after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island of Puerto Rico leaving millions without electricity and running water, VOSS Water of Norway is responding to the continued need for safe drinking water. With the help of the international NGO, Save the Children, VOSS Water donated over 110,000 liters of clean water to the island which are being distributed to:
• Schools and child care centers
• Women, infant, and children clinics
• Convoy of Hope, an organization distributing food bags across the island
• Vulnerable families
“In all 12 of the municipalities Save the Children is working in Puerto Rico, there are still communities who have intermittent or no running water in their homes. Water is still a priority need of the families we are working with,” shared Dawn Nunn, Save the Children’s Director of Gift-in-Kind.
“We are inspired by the strength and courage Puerto Rico has displayed since the storm devastated their beautiful island,” said Joe Bayern, CEO of VOSS Water of Norway. “We are humbled to be able to provide some relief to the communities who have limited or no safe water to drink. I also want to recognize the team at VOSS that worked to transport the water to Puerto Rico safely. I know it was important for them to help contribute to the recovery efforts.”
Save the Children has reached over 60,000 children and adults in Puerto Rico since its response began in the early days after the storm. The nonprofit continues to distribute critical supplies and support the social and emotional recovery of children dealing with stress and uncertainty following the hurricane.
VOSS Water has a long history of providing access to clean, safe water. In 2008 the company established the Voss Foundation to fund access to water, sanitation and hygiene in Sub-Saharan Africa and to raise awareness of the ongoing need in the region. To date, Voss Foundation has funded 173 clean water access points and 467 sanitation facilities in seven countries. Since 2013, VOSS has spearheaded 31 Days to Make a Difference, an initiative between World Water Day (March 22) and Earth Day (April 22) to help amplify awareness around the continued need for safe water and adequate sanitation facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa.
About Save the Children
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. To learn more visit www.savethechildren.org.
To learn more about Save the Children’s long-term child resiliency plan in Puerto Rico, please visit http://www.savethechildren.org/hurricane-maria.
About VOSS of Norway:
VOSS bottled water comes from an artesian spring on the southern tip of Norway. Confined in an aquifer deep beneath the earth, its pristine natural condition is protected from the source to the bottle. Naturally low in sodium and other minerals, VOSS has a fresh clean refreshing taste. Recognized for its distinctly iconic bottle design, VOSS is available in both still and sparkling, including three flavored sparkling choices, in the finest hotels and restaurants and more than 50 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.vosswater.com.
VOSS takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to environmental stewardship by committing to the ongoing pursuit of 100% carbon neutrality. VOSS supports the Voss Foundation—a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa and raising awareness of the ongoing need in the region. www.vossfoundation.org