Posted by: toobeeman | February 1, 2011

Engineers Without Borders at UW-Milwaukee Excited to See CannedWater4kids Taking on Washington D.C.

Students Return Safely From Guatemala, Excited to See Sponsor CannedWater4kids in the News

Milwaukee, WI – January 31, 2011 – Eight students from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s Engineers Without Borders program returned from building a clean water system in Salquil Grande, Guatemala to find out sponsor CannedWater4kids (CW4K) will be promoting clean water to members of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 8.  The students have just returned from the first phase of their current project where they spent two weeks in the villages of Vitostix and Vijolom III building a clean water system.  CW4K has been an annual sponsor to the young engineer’s projects.

“We are excited to hear that CannedWater4kids is gaining momentum in the beverage industry,” said Jared Thede, a mechanical engineering student in his senior year, and participant of the recent trip to Guatemala.  “CannedWater4Kids has shown us their support since the day we met them. They made it possible to provide clean water solutions in Guatemala through their financial support.  It is nice to see CannedWater4Kids get this opportunity to bring awareness of clean water issues to our elected representatives.”

CW4K has supported UW-Milwaukee’s Engineers Without Borders projects in La Libertad, Vitostix, and Vijolom III—all in Guatemala.  In January, cases of canned water were shipped with the students and provided to the kids of the villages.

“The CannedWater4Kids water is likely the cleanest water ever consumed by these kids,” said Ashley DeBlaey, trip participant and junior industrial engineering student.  “Hopefully, members of Congress will recognize how special the CW4K mission is.”

The Beverage Showcase and Reception in Washington D.C. is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8.  The event is sponsored by the American Beverage Association (ABA) and will host members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The reception will be held in The Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (ET).

CW4K is a North American based 501c3 non-profit initiative to generate awareness and fund projects to purify water for children in developing nations.  It is estimated that 5,000 children die each day nation-wide as a result of unsafe drinking water.  Proceeds from canned water produced by CW4K are used to support numerous efforts to provide access to clean water for children throughout the world; 95 cents of each dollar donated goes to fund projects like those undertaken by groups like Engineers Without Borders.  Individual on-line purchases of 12 and 24-can packs of CW4K water can be made at www.cannedwater4kids.com.  Visitors to the site can also donate directly to CW4K with no purchase required.

Engineers Without Borders-USA is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students. Visit http://www4.uwm.edu/studentorg/ewb . For more information contact Marissa Jablonski at EWO: 414.405.6978

Cannedwater4kids is a North American—based 501©3 non-profit initiative to generate awareness and fund projects to purify water for children in developing nations. Visit http://www.cannedwater4kids.org for more info. For more information contact Greg Stromberg at cannedwater4kids: 262.246.8480.

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