January 30, 2021 – Pure Home WATER announced today that it had sold over 1,000 of its foot powered handwashing stations to UNICEF, World Vision and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor. The stations were designed to the buyer’s specifications and included foot powered water dispensing, soap and/or sanitizer dispensing or in some cases all three. Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor also purchased a community version with 3 disbursement points which it is pitting in churches, mosques and other locations in the Tamale area.
Dec. 1, 2020 – Water in Africa Through Everyday Responsiveness and Pure Home WATER (PHW), today announced the funding of a project designed to provide Water, Sanitation and Health and Hygiene solutions to 17 communities with skin disease in Asante Akim North and Sekyere Afram Plains Districts in the Ashanti Region. The project is being funded by the Spanish NGO Anesvad, and complements an existing skin disease project being undertaken by Ghana Health Service and the World Health Organization, WHO. The WATER/PHW project is designed to put boreholes in multiple communities, a mechanized system in Drobonso, the capital of Sekyere Afram Plains as well as institutional latrines. Sekyere Afram Plains is also contributing boreholes and latrines to selected communities as part of the project. In addition, the project will provide foot powered handwashing stations and ceramic water filters to every clinic, school and classroom in the 17 communities, and as a result will address the existing COVID 19 pandemic. The project is expected to start immediately and run for 1 year.
November 20, 2019 – Pure Home WATER and Water in Africa Through Everyday Responsiveness today announced its first CREATE station in Ghana. CREATE stands for Collect, Recycle, Empower And Transform the Environment. At the CREATE station plastic is collected and filters, handwashing stations and other products made from recycled plastic are sold. The first CREATE station was funded by the Government of France. Present at the opening were the Ambassador for France, Anne Sophie Ave, as well as the Tamale Metropolitan Municipal Executive, Iddirisu Musah Superior. Mr. Superior commented “We need 10 of these” when introducing the effort to local press and others present. Local citizens bringing PET bottles and empty sachets are given .50 GHC per kilo as encouragement to continue. The filters sold at the station also serve as an alternative to using sachet or bottled water, as they can make most any water potable for drinking including water obtained from the many dams and dugouts in the Northern Region and Tamale. WATER Managing Director Jim Niquette, stated that the organization hoped to have more CREATE stations in the future and was actively looking for additional funding to build them.
October 30, 2019 – Pure Home WATER today announced the immediate availability of a foot powered hand washing station. The station, was created by its operations team led by Michael Anyekase at its factory in Tamale. It is ideal for the prevention of spreading disease which can occur as a result of a person touching the water dispensing mechanism of traditional veronica buckets or other hand washing devises. Interested parties can contact Michael in Ghana at +234-(0)24-403-5000 or Jim Niquette at +234(0)24-365-4634 or at JNiquette@aol.com.
August 24, 2019 – Water in Africa Through Everyday Responsiveness USA and Pure Home WATER of Ghana today officially named combined boards and officers. The nine member boards will serve for both organizations. They include Minta Afosa Aboagye, former Director of Water, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Chairman; Edward Abrokwah, Deputy Director, Ministry of Finance; Dr. Gordon Adomdza, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Ashesi University; Dr. Edwin Ampadu, former Buruli Ulcer Program Manager, Ghana Health Service; Mary Kay Jackson, Associate Directory TMS Global and former Managing Director of Pure Home Water; Lamisi Mbillah, former 2005 Miss Ghana and 2006 Miss World Beauty with a Purpose; Susan Murcott, founder of Pure Home Water and Lecturer, Climate Change, Water and Sanitation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, USA, Vice President; Jim Niquette, former Carter Center Country Director, Atlanta, GA, USA, Secretary; and Dr. Andrew Seidu Korkor, WHO and former Guinea Worm Program Manager, Ghana Health Service. Adam Questad, Senior Water Resources Engineer at Geosyntec Consultants of Boston, MA, USA has also agreed to serve in an advisory role. The organizations also agreed to use the name Pure Home WATER for its African operations.
May 12, 2018 – The Board of Directors of Pure Home Water and Water in Africa Through Everyday Responsiveness (WATER) today announced that the organizations would merge. This gives Pure Home Water a USA affiliate and Water in Africa Through Everyday Responsiveness – WATER a stronger infrastructure in Ghana including a ceramic filter factory located in Tamale, Northern Region, Ghana. Ceramic filters are especially relevant in communities without boreholes or other alternatives for obtaining potable water. PHW collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to build its factory. For its part, WATER has been focusing on providing Water, Sanitation, Health and Hygiene or WASH solutions to communities and districts which have specific diseases. Over the years, these diseases have included guinea worm, trachoma and buruli ulcer. Pure Home Water was also active in these areas and was especially involved in the successful eradication of guinea worm in Ghana. Both organizations worked with the Carter Center and UNICEF to help successfully accomplish this. WATER is a registered 501C-3 tax exempt organization in the United States since 2004.