Power of the PackH2O Partner
An innovative design alone is not enough to alleviate the Achilles’ heel of the global water crisis.
In less than two years, the PackH2O water backpack went from concept to improving the lives tens of thousands of families for whom getting daily water is a all-consuming, life-and-death issue.
From responding to disasters, to easing the daily struggle of carrying clean water home to creating a sustainable livelihood from women in developing economics, PackH2O partners are some of the world’s leading relief agencies and foundations.
Greif (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), a world leader in industrial packaging, developed the PackH2O water backpack. Greif has a manufacturing and distribution infrastructure in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South American, within reach of most of the world’s water-stressed regions and disaster areas.
Operation Blessing International
Named one of the world's most influential charities, Operation Blessing partners with PackH2O to help alleviate the physical pain of carrying water home in some of the world’s most remote regions.
By carrying heavy water jugs atop their heads in traditional fashion, women suffer chronic pain and even spinal injury. To ensure villagers have a safer, healthier way to carry water to their homes, Operation Blessing is teaming up with PackH2O to distribute water-carrying backpacks to aid women and children in nations like Kenya and Haiti where these problems persist.
Habitat for Humanity International
With efforts led by Liz Blake, Senior Vice President, Habitat for Humanity International has distributed PackH2O water backpacks in remote water-stressed regions in Kenya. Blake first learned about the power of the PackH2O as part of Habitat’s relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Partners for Care
Most recently, Blake joined forces with Connie Cheren and Partners for Care to deliver more than 700 water backpacks for used by women and children in Kenya. Read about how the water backpacks are changing lives in blog “Bury my BlackBerry in Africa.”
CxCatalysts is partnering with PackH2O to create sustainable micro-entrepreneurial opportunities for Guatemalan women at the base of the economic pyramid. The partnership includes developing educational materials to developing price points that allow women to assemble and sell the water backpack. The PackH2O is branded as Aguapac for CxCatalysts.
Partners In Health
A leading medical non-profit, the mission of Partners in Health (PiH) is to deliver quality medical care to the world's poor. PiH joined forces with Greif early in 2010 to advance the design, testing and distribution of the life-saving water backpack. PiH worked closely with Greif and community leaders in Haiti to deliver 2,000 water backpacks to community leaders, study how the packs were actually used and capture user feedback that was incorporated into the latest iteration of the PackH2O design.