Charleston-based Water Mission will use money from a new grant to expand access to safe water in Ukraine | Provided

Water Mission announced Tuesday plans to use a $2.27 million grant to fund its Safe Water Ukraine program. The program expands access to emergency safe water in four southeastern regions of the country impacted by the ongoing war.

The Charleston-based nonprofit organization received the grant from the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM).

“This grant provides critical funding enabling us to quickly scale our efforts to bring emergency safe water throughout southeastern Ukraine,” said George Greene IV, chief executive officer and president of Water Mission. “We are thankful for IOM’s trust and support in helping our in-country teams bring relief to people without water due to extensive damage to public infrastructure.” 

The funding will provide Water Mission with 40 fixed safe water systems and five mobile-safe water systems. 

The nonprofit said it was one of the first organizations to offer safe water access for internally displaced Ukrainians in April.

Water Mission has installed emergency safe water systems throughout areas of Ukraine | Photo provided

Since then, the nonprofit organization said it has installed more than 40 emergency safe water systems throughout seven cities in Ukraine, providing 20 million liters of water to more than 100,000 people. It has also distributed necessary hygiene supplies, over 10,000 hygiene kits and 3 million water purification packets to citizens.

Many Ukrainian cities’ public water and power infrastructure have incurred damage since the start of the war. Water Mission said it will continue working with city officials, local governments and churches in the area to address the country’s safe water needs.

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