Deprived communities in Indonesia to see more access to clean, safe water
Mataram, November 14, 2011 – Planet Water, J.P. Morgan, and Sesame Workshop have announced a collaboration to deliver clean, safe water and provide education on water-health and hygiene to disadvantaged communities in Indonesia and across the Asia-Pacific region.
“Our goal is to alleviate water poverty in the world’s most disadvantaged communities through sustainable, clean water solutions and education programs on water-health and hygiene. Collaborating with J.P. Morgan and Sesame Workshop helps us to achieve this goal with maximum impact,” said Mark Steele, Founder & CEO of U.S.-based Planet Water at a launching ceremony of Indonesia’s first Asia-Water-for-Life project in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara.
The “Asia Water-for-Life Project”, funded by US$1 million in grants from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, aims to provide the daily potable water needs of 100,000 people across six countries through the deployment of Planet Water AquaTowers.
According to reports, almost 50 million among Indonesia's more than 230 million people do not have access to clean water with over 70 million lacking access to basic sanitation facilities. Diarrhea is among the country’s top killers of children under five-years-old and school-aged children.
Recent news reports said many rural areas in West Nusa Tenggara face a shortage of potable water supplies and worsening sanitation. The relevant district authorities alone are not able to guarantee the proper maintenance of existing water supply systems.
The situation is aggravated by generally long dry seasons of up to almost a year, leading to severe water shortages.
“A decade ago, people held the government responsible for ready access to clean water and the stewardship of water resources. As supplies dwindle, this is changing. In recent years, some of the most meaningful strides have been made by businesses in collaboration with NGOs, multilateral agencies, as well as national, state and local governments,”
said Steele, upon completing the construction of one of Planet Water’s AquaTowers at the Cakranegara elementary in Mataram.
Each AquaTower will be able to produce up to 10,000 liters of clean water per day and support the daily drinkable water requirements of 1,000 people. The project will focus on schools in rural villages with the installation of community-based water filtration systems, hand washing infrastructure, and an education program to teach children the life-saving aspects of water-health and hygiene.
J.P. Morgan is committed to making contributions in markets where it operates. Supporting clean water projects in Asia is an important part of J.P. Morgan’s broader philanthropic strategy of building vibrant communities.
“Water poverty is an issue of serious concern to many communities in Indonesia. J.P. Morgan is striving to help overcome water health and sanitation problems by providing the assistance needed to bring clean water to these communities. Through our collaboration in the Asia-Water-for-Life project, we hope to foster a responsible water usage culture in Asia,” said Philip S Lee, Executive Committee Member, J.P. Morgan Asia Pacific.
Sesame Workshop, through its network of child-focused television programs across the region, will further support the educational component of the project through the development of contents highlighting water-health and hygiene and water conservation. This will include the production of multi-media materials, featuring the Sesame Street family of Muppets, for classroom use and contents to be broadcast via television in local markets to support the goals of the Asia Water-for-Life Project. The local version of Sesame Street is known as Jalan Sesama.
“We are proud to collaborate with Planet Water and J.P. Morgan to address this critical need of water conservation and healthy consumption for families in Indonesia and across Asia,” said H. Melvin Ming, President and CEO of Sesame Workshop.
About Planet Water
Planet Water is a U.S.-based non-profit organization working to alleviate waterborne disease, illness, and death by providing access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation facilities in the world’s most disadvantaged communities. Their work is targeted toward schools and rural villages with sustainable solutions combined with educational programs on water-health and hygiene. Planet Water has completed projects in nine countries across the Asia-Pacific region, and in 2010 brought more than 100 million liters of clean water to people in need. Information about Planet Water is available at www.planet-water.org.
About J.P. Morgan
J.P. Morgan is the investment banking arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small-business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about J.P. Morgan is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows, including The Electric Company, to help bridge the literacy gap. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.
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