A Child's Right to Safe, Clean Drinking Water
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A Child's Right (ACR) is unique in the water field as its sole focus is bringing clean, safe, purified drinking water to vulnerable children in impoverished urban and peri-urban centers – specifically to sites burdened with unsafe water quality and high concentrations of at-risk children. In the last three years alone, they have provided safe drinking water to more than 250,000 children in orphanages, street shelters, rescue homes, schools, displacement camps and children's hospitals in cities around the world.
ACR is an implementing organization and has projects, offices and staff in Cambodia, China, Ethiopia and Nepal. All projects are monitored routinely by in country staff for efficacy and safety, and each site project assists between 100 - 5,000 children (depending on the site). The process and system coverage are scalable and have been used in both Cambodia and Nepal's largest pediatric hospitals to assist more than 100,000 children per site annually.
ACR's most ambitious project to date is their five-year mission to bring clean drinking water to every orphanage in China – an undertaking that will encompass more than 500 orphanages in every province and municipality across China. ACR launched this project in partnership with the Chinese government in May 2008, and has already completed more than 150 system installations in orphanages throughout the country. With staff and offices in 5 cities, they will be averaging 200 orphanage installations annually in China.
Thirty percent of ACR's work is focused on cleaning well water, while the remaining projects target contaminated municipal or surface water sources. Prior to every project they undertake comprehensive water quality testing and site analysis to ensure each location is provided unique care and any dangerous water parameters are remedied. Post-project all sites receive constant and continuous support via ACR's international staff.
ACR designs and distributes all equipment, oversees all water station construction, water system installations, scheduled maintenance and review, resupplies of spare parts and provisions, and periodic water quality tests through their US and international offices and staff.
ACR was established in 2006 by founder and executive director, Eric Stowe, and is headquartered in Tacoma, Washington.
You can find out more about A Child's Right by visiting www.achildsright.org.