12196308_1039952292723453_1126709101771419123_nDeerfield Beach, FL – June 1, 2015 – Representatives of Wishing Well International  Foundation (WWIF) gathered in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa last week to further strategize and develop plans for the 10- 1-10 Africa Expedition. The ambitious journey across South Africa and Swaziland was formally announced in April as the signature event of 2016 for WWIF, a non-profit organization which provides clean, safe drinking-water to developing areas.

The meeting resulted in a clearer itinerary and scope for the expedition, which is now officially scheduled for mid-May of next year. The ’10-1-10’ message is at the heart of the Foundation’s marketing, emphasizing that for every donation of $10, one person is provided with clean, safe drinking water for 10 years. The plan is to travel in a convoy of 4×4 vehicles with WWIF representatives, sponsors, medics and media personnel to deploy 150 Biosand filters in needy communities. Although there are natural water sources in many of these towns and villages, they are often plagued by bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses for those who drink it. The installation of low-technology Biosand filters has proven to be an effective, low-cost solution to this problem.

The launching point for the team will be in Johannesburg, from which the convoy will head east to make stops in Usuthu Gorge, Ndumo Game Reserve and Pongola Game Reserve before entering Swaziland. Passengers will take part in deploying the filters and will see first-hand the impact of their donations and the people they affect. “It’s going to be a life-changing experience for the people on this trip who haven’t done this before,” said Guillermo Guzman, WWIF CEO and Founder. “It was on a smaller-scale expedition several years ago that my eyes were opened to the desperate need for clean water. There are many needs across the world, but this is a problem with a simple solution that we can do something about.”

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Monies that are expected to be raised for the expedition will fund a variety of deployment operations throughout the rest of 2015 and 2016. Sponsorship opportunities for the expedition have expanded beyond what was offered in the original announcement. Sponsors will not only have the satisfaction of impacting many families with their financial contributions, but their sponsorship of the expedition will be widely publicized across a variety of platforms.

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WWIF representatives with the team in Oshoek, Swaziland in 2012.

“If $10 can make such a difference for one person for so many years, just imagine the impact these sponsorships are going to make for entire communities and towns,”  added Guzman. “There’s going to be a ripple effect from this event that will go on for many years. We’re glad there’s a solution for this water crisis and we’re glad to be a part of it.”

WWIF was formally endorsed by the Water Quality Association in 2013, which further enhanced its recognition in the industry among WQA members. Preceding last month’s WQA Aquatech show in Las Vegas, WWIF held its 4th Annual Golf Tournament, which surpassed all previous tournaments in sponsorships and players. With the right mission, the right message and the right people in place, WWIF and its representatives are looking to make a big splash in Africa in 2016.

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Facts:
  • 884 million people in the world do not have access to clean water.
  • 1.6 million children die each year from waterborne diseases.
  • The Millennium Development Goal on child survival (MDG 4) will remain beyond our reach until diarrheal disease, poor sanitation and unsafe drinking water issues are addressed.
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