American Standard Donation
Supports Plumbers Without Borders.
Contribution Helps Connect Volunteer Plumbers Around the
World with People and Agencies in Need, Facilitates Access to
Safe Water and Sanitation.
American Standard Brands is supporting the philanthropic work of
Without Borders (PWB) with a $60,000 donation that supports the group's
mission to connect volunteer plumbers with organizations that are working to
increase access to safe water and sanitation worldwide.
The beneficiaries of Plumbers Without
Borders' (PWB) efforts include these youngsters attending a school
in the town of St. Marc, Haiti. They use a water purification system
installed by Haiti Tec students who were trained by PWB instructors.
"Plumbers Without Borders is a grassroots effort, born from the
desire to help people in dire need," said Fred Schilling,
spokesperson for the group. "We know we can make a difference to
alleviate human suffering and disease caused by the lack of safe
plumbing and hygienic sanitation."
The donation will be used to help PWB develop their database of
plumbers and mechanical tradespeople around the world who want to
volunteer their services to improve hygiene, access to clean water,
and help save lives. Volunteers who are registered in this databank
can then be connected with organizations seeking their assistance.
PWB’s ultimate goal is to serve as a complete plumbing and
sanitation information hub for both volunteers and humanitarian
A current project of Plumbers Without Borders involves working with
Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO) to implement plumbing infrasture
improvements in medical facilities located in Ethiopia. The PWB
volunteers helped to outfit a portable dialysis center for the Black
Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where needless numbers of
people were dying due to lack of dialysis treatment. PWB provided
the installation labor for the portable unit built here in the U.S.
After the portable clinic was shipped to Ethiopia, PWB volunteers
handled the on-site implementation work to get this life-saving
equipment up and running. The volunteer plumbers have also done
extensive work in Haiti, following the devastating earthquake that
hit that nation.
Here in the United States, PWB’s skills are utilized, as well. The
organization has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to assist with
home building needs throughout the country. The group also works to
maintain the plumbing systems on a volunteer basis in the Children’s
Home Society of Florida, an organization that rescues abused
children and works to break the cycle of child abuse.
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“We have always believed
that plumbers play a crucial role in protecting health and
helping to prevent disease,” said Jay Gould, president and
CEO of American Standard Brands. “Plumbers Without Borders
is doing so much to improve sanitation and quality of life
around the world, and we are proud to help them expand their
capabilities with this sponsorship.”
"It’s been very exciting to watch this organization grow and
develop, borne from a desire to use our plumbing trade to
save lives beyond our own communities,” said Schilling.
“With this generous sponsorship from American Standard, we
will be able to build a crucial resource that will allow us
to help even more people all around the world.”
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ABOUT PLUMBERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Plumbers Without Borders is a grassroots effort, born from
the desire to help people in dire need, where human
suffering and disease is caused in part by a lack of safe
plumbing and hygienic sanitation. Our vision includes
building a global database/directory of volunteer Plumbing
and Mechanical tradespeople, related professionals, sources
for materials, education, and technology. This databank will
function and serve as a tool/resource for other humanitarian
organizations that are working towards this common goal in
the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector. Volunteers
registered in this databank will be connected with the
non-profit organizations who are seeking their assistance.
Plumbers Without Borders will serve as the information hub
and resource registry for both volunteers and humanitarian
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