Boost for KIO’s water program

Members of KIO on Majuro attend an online zoom meeting with executives from the California-based Water Charity for a donation hand-over last week. Photo: Eve Burns.

EVE BURNS

Kora in Okrane (KIO) received a boost last week for their Dren in Mour project when they received a donation of $15,000 from Water Charity, a non-profit organization in California.

KIO’s Vice President July Note Jordan expressed appreciation to the executive members of Water Charity during a virtual meeting late last week. July said that Marshall Islands is the first to have access to clean water in the Pacific and second worldwide. Monique Graham closed off the ceremony by also expressing KIO’s gratitude.

The Dren in Mour project was launched in July of 2018 with partners that have been supporting the KIO’s initiatives including the United Nations Development Program and GEF Program, RMI government, SDG Committee, Ministry of Health and Human Services, Ministry of Natural Resources and Commerce, Environmental Protection Authority, and Women United Together Marshall Islands. The goal is to improve access to clean for every household, schools and churches in the Marshall Islands.

So far KIO only has Majuro and Ebeye left to distribute the water filtration system as they have covered all the outer islands.

KIO Member Shamanda Hanerg told the Journal that the filters are already in Jaluit.

KIO hopes to start distributing the water filters in Majuro and Ebeye next year. The club is planning to raise funds to be able to buy more water filter systems to cover Majuro and Ebeye.

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