ITT helps Chinese with waterMay 2009
ITT Corporation, the US high-technology engineering and manufacturing company, is putting up $200,000 (£132,000) to improve water access for students and teachers in China as part of its global corporate philanthropy programme, ITT Watermark.
To carry out the work the company has formed a partnership with the China Women’s Development Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children. ITT will work with the foundation to provide eight rural schools with safe drinking water, new sanitation, and education on water safety, environmental protection, and hygiene.
ITT has already committed $3million over three years to a programme providing safe water and sanitation in more than 300 schools in Asia and Latin America. This programme is expected to improve the lives of more than 100,000 children and their families.
The new commitment was signed at a ceremony in Beijing. Coinciding with the ceremony, ITT employee volunteers conducted inaugural training courses at sites in Jiangsu, Yunnan and Hebei provinces, where the eight initial school projects are located. As the work gets under way, ITT will offer training courses on hygiene for students.
The company and the foundation will appoint a third party to monitor and evaluate the programme independently.
Official figures from the Chinese government show that 90 per cent of cities have heavily polluted bodies of water, 50 per cent of towns receive substandard drinking water, and 40 per cent of national water resources are undrinkable. Consequently, many children suffer from developmental problems as well as serious and chronic stomach ailments.