Verizon Foundation partners with World Vision and Food for the Poor to assist relief efforts in Haiti
The Verizon Foundation has awarded an additional $100,000 in grants to Food For The Poor and World Vision to assist ongoing relief efforts in Haiti in response to a cholera outbreak and in the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas and the 7.0 earthquake that hit the island earlier this year. Grants will assist nonprofits responding to cholera outbreak; the Verizon Foundation and Verizon employees have contributed $1.3 million to disaster relief efforts.
The foundation will award a $50,000 grant to each of the nonprofit organizations to support efforts to provide clean water and improved living conditions for thousands of families at risk.
Food For The Poor has supplied 30 solar-powered water filtration systems, each of which can provide 10,000 gallons of clean water per day. The Verizon grant will fund the purchase of two additional systems and other necessities such as food and medical supplies.
World Vision is promoting personal hygiene practices in relief camps and training its staff to identify and treat the symptoms of cholera. The organization is also partnering to distribute 720,000 water purification packets to families in areas where there have been newly reported cholera cases. Each packet can purify 10 liters of safe drinking water, enough for one family for one day.