Three million beneficiaries mustered in only eight years, without doubt, is a good reason for Community WaterHope Foundation and its local partners notably PepsiCo and Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) to come together and celebrate their achievement.
Giving added significance to the occasion was the global observance of the International Water Day last March 22.
Present during the appreciation dinner hosted by WaterHope were Australian social entrepreneur and WaterHope chair David Bussau, A.M.; members of the WaterHope Board of Trustees; PepsiCo Philippines country manager Maricelle Narciso, PCPPI vice president for corporate affairs and communications Jika Dalupan; and ranking officials of partner-non-government organizations (NGOs).
“The WaterHope team is very happy to celebrate this major milestone with our partners from the business and NGO sectors - 3 million people are now in a better state because of our continued commitment to provide clean drinking water for their families and communities”, shares Weena Mendoza, WaterHope Foundation Executive Director.
The NGOs were Alalay sa Kaunlaran Inc., Tulay sa Pag-unlad Inc., Center for Community Transformation, Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc., and WTRC Foundation.
“We wanted to celebrate the triumph of touching lives, matched with the hopefulness and excitement for the future of WaterHope,” Dalupan said.
Underscoring WaterHope’s primary reason for being, Narciso said the organization seeks to provide clean and affordable drinking water for marginalized families in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world.
“It (WaterHope) also aims to stimulate socio-economic community development thru economic livelihood enhancement activities but also through partner NGO’s medical, dental, childcare programs which are conducted in the community hall attached to all WaterHope stations. Pepsi Philippines is proud to support WaterHope as part of its thrust for the access to clean drinking water and livelihood development,” Narciso added.
Since coming to the Philippines in 2007, WaterHope has so far built eight community centers and water stations strategically located in Metro Manila and the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Cavite, and Iloilo.