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Shared World Visions Brings Clean Water & Educational Opportunities to Villages in NW Cameroon


 
 
Pierris and children at a newly installed water tap in Bainjong
Pierris and children at a newly installed water tap in Bainjong
PRLog - Feb. 18, 2014 - SEATTLE -- Shared World Visions, a grassroots nonprofit based in Seattle, Wash., is headed to Northwest Cameroon to work with the residents two local villages. In Fundong and Meli, the organization will work to bring water from mountain streams and install water taps to provide residents access to clean water – something many of them currently lack. The organization will also be working with local schools to implement recycling and sanitation plans, in addition to providing the tuition needed for children to enroll in primary and secondary school.

Shared World Visions was founded by Lois Pierris in 2009. Pierris, a 71-year-old entrepreneur, ex-restaurateur and photographer, is dedicated to this mission. She is traveling the villages this month to direct these projects over the course of six weeks. This will be her sixth trip to Cameroon.

To date, Shared World Visions has completed four water projects in the villages of Fundong, Ngwainkuma, Meli and Bainjong. The organization has created a sanitation and recycling program for a high school in Fundong, and it has paid the tuition for 50 students to enroll in primary school. This has all been accomplished thanks to donations from people across the U.S. who support the vision of Lois Pierris and this small nonprofit.

“When I started Shared World Visions, I knew that even small donations could go far in achieving these goals and improving the quality of life for the people of Northwest Cameroon,” said Pierris who first learned of the hardships facing village residents when she traveled to the region several years ago. “Access to clean water and education is something we take for granted in the U.S. But in villages all over Cameroon, water is taken from dirty streams, causing intestinal diseases, typhoid and cholera. On top of that, even those water sources are sometimes a 30-minute walk from the village. As for education – public school is not free and many families do not have the resources to afford tuition.”

Because of the success that Shared World Visions has achieved, the organization is receiving requests from other villages that are in need of clean water sources and educational opportunities. However, the small nonprofit is currently not able to afford to take on all of these projects. For example, each water project costs approximately $7,000, and the organization relies solely on donations.

To learn more about this organization and how you can make a donation, visit http://sharedworldvisions.org. Shared World Visions is registered as a state nonprofit based in Washington. The nonprofit works alongside the Better Family Foundation in Cameroon, and is partnered with Omprakash, a 501 (c)(3) organization that helps small grassroots nonprofits that are not able to give donors tax receipts. All donations are written to Omprakash and earmarked for Shared World Visions.

About Shared World Visions

Shared World Visions (a 301(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has partnered with the Omprakash Foundation) was founded in 2009. It is a small, grassroots nonprofit with the goal of making the world a better place by bringing access to clean water and education to those who need it. To date, Shared World Visions has completed several water projects in Northwest Cameroon, providing clean water for more than 6,000 people. It has helped villages and schools set up garbage collection and recycling programs to improve overall quality of life, and paid for more than fifty boys and girls enroll in primary school. To learn more about Shared World Visions, visit http://sharedworldvisions.org.

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