Togo aid group awarded World Water Grand Prize

By AT editor - 20 February 2018 at 7:18 am
Togo aid group awarded World Water Grand Prize

A humanitarian organization in Togo has been named winner of the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize, jointly awarded by Water Forum Japan (JWF) and the World Water Council (WWC).

Charité Chrétienne pour Personnes en Détresse (CCPD) will receive the USD$18,700 prize after being selected from among 144 projects in 46 countries.

“The African organization will be recognized for its work in empowering individuals and community groups and improving their access to safe drinking water and sanitation,” the JWF-WWC groups said. The prize highlights work in building and remodeling facilities for this purpose, cleaning of sites, and organization of educational campaigns and awareness workshops.

“These efforts have contributed to a significant decrease in water and sanitation related diseases and deaths in the Togolese community,” they said, noting CCPD had access to small JWF grants that support grassroots organizations from 2013 to 2016.

The prize will be presented during the World Water Forum, which is hosted for the first time this year in the Global South, by the Government of Brazil. The forum runs from March 18 through March 23.

“The objective of the World Water Forum is to bring the experts and water professionals closer to the legislators,” said president of the World Water Council Benedito Braga. “We want ministers, heads of state, parliamentarians, mayors and presidents of municipal chambers to participate in the forum, exchange knowledge and mobilize around the rational use of water and global water security.”

Image: CCPD

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