The tools that PCI brings to our programs help define the concept of transformational development: finding solutions to poverty through the aspirations, talent, and skills of the people we serve.PCI is ensuring that families grow healthy and strong by providing nutritious meals in schools, and training farmers to improve their agricultural and livestock production.
PCI works with communities to dig wells, build latrines, construct safe water and sewage systems, and promote proper hygiene and sanitation practices.
20% of the world’s population, or 1.1 billion people, lack access to safe drinking water.
Approximately 4,500 children die each day – that’s one every 20 seconds – due to contaminated water.
Women and girls in rural Sub-Saharan Africa and other under-developed regions must walk up to 6 miles everyday simply to retrieve water, which is often dirty.
It would cost about $13 billion annually to satisfy the world’s basic sanitation and food requirements. That’s roughly equivalent to what Americans and Europeans spend on perfume and cologne every year.
PCI provided 133,022,809 meals to schoolchildren in Bolivia, Guatemala and Nicaragua from 2001 to 2011.
5,863 metric tons of food shipped for distribution in PCI programs in 2011.
Since 2008, PCI has helped farmers in Nicaragua increase their incomes by 63%.
In 2011, 99% of households in Haiti trained by PCI in water treatment tested negative for coliform bacteria.
PCI provided clean water and hygiene/sanitation education to over 95,000 people in the remote Afar region of Ethiopia.
In the rural Manyara region of Tanzania, 347 women now hold leadership positions in water user groups.