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Advisors Mortgage Group Celebrates 22nd Anniversary

Advisors Mortgage Group

What does it take to run a successful private mortgage company for 22 years with 450 employees across 32 states? Hard work and dedication for sure, but as Steven Meyer, President of Advisors Mortgage Group says, “It’s knowing that we are helping thousands of people attain the ultimate American dream of homeownership. With all of us working together towards this common goal, it drives us to continue to grow and we strive to get better every day.” Advisors is celebrating its 22nd year of being in business and the family owned company is thriving and still expanding. Started in 1999 out of a single office in Shrewsbury, NJ with the vision of providing a workplace where people treat each other like family, Advisors’ mission statement is We Take Care of our Family, Who Take Care of our Customers, Which Allows Us to Give Back to the Community. Nurturing this company culture where employees are more than just a number, has attracted top industry talent to join the company over the past year. Advisors has grown 236% over the past 3 years and has become the #1 purchase lender on the Jersey Shore. Staying at the forefront of technology, the mortgage company is perfecting their automation process and will be releasing their new mobile app which will allow for instant access to loan status for clients, loan officers and realtors. “It’s important for us to stay ahead of the curve so we continue to sustain our growth and maintain the 5-star customer service for which we are known,” comments Sean Clark, Vice President of Advisors. “Our collaborative environment and open communication are just a few of the driving forces behind our success,” continues Clark. The company celebrates its 22nd anniversary this October and shows no signs of slowing down. Advisors Mortgage Group made the INC. 5000 fastest growing private companies list for the 10th time in 2021 and also made the NJBIZ Best Places to Work in NJ list for the 9th year in a row. If you are looking to purchase a new home or refinance your existing home, call us at 855-LOANS-USA or visit our website at AdvisorsMortgage.com. About Advisors Mortgage Group Advisors Mortgage Group is a multi-state mortgage banker with more than thirty branch locations across the country. Focusing on residential lending, Advisors prides itself on maintaining a local and personal feel to help each and every customer feel the comfort and protection that their home financing needs are in the right hands. Advisors has been on the Best Places to Work in NJ list for the past nine years, making sure that all employees feel like Family, while also maintaining the customer service standards that the company was built on. The mission statement at Advisors is that we take care of our family, who help us take care of our Customers, which allows us to give back to our Community. Contact Details Sean Clark +1 800-778-9044 Advisors@AdvisorsMortgage.com Company Website https://advisorsmortgage.com/

September 28, 2021 11:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Engaging Student Journalists to Promote Health Awareness

Quest Diagnostics

Information is power, helping people to make the right decisions. At Quest, our data reveals insights which empowers better health.  Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) is also empowering better health by supporting a group of aspiring health journalists. Healthy NewsWorks (HNW) empowers elementary and middle school students in underserved communities to become researchers, writers, critical thinkers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media. Through the program, student health journalists learn how to ask questions, identify factual information, write accurately, think critically, and share what they’ve learned. Their work is published in health-focused newspapers, books, and digital media that are distributed in their schools and communities, and on a health-focused website for all to access. “The work we do is very important, both to our aspiring reporters as well as to the young people who read their content,” said Marian Uhlman, Executive Director of Healthy NewsWorks. “Quest’s support of this program not only helps to promote the work of future journalists, but it helps to inform young people in underserved communities of the importance of making healthy choices whenever possible.” Quest for Health Equity has provided a grant to help build the program’s capacity so it can deepen its impact in its existing partner schools and expand to more schools and communities in the Philadelphia area and beyond. The grant will support additional opportunities for young reporters to publish articles, illustrations, and videos that address the health issues important to them and their communities. Q4HE is a wide-ranging initiative to address and reduce health disparities in underserved communities, including those impacted by COVID-19. The multi-year initiative provides a combination of donated testing services, education programs, partnerships, and funding to support initiatives to close the gap in healthcare disparities in underserved communities. “We are proud to collaborate with Healthy NewsWorks to support their mission to address literacy and health in underserved populations,” said Mandell Jackson, General Manager/Vice President of Q4HE. “These student journalists are empowered to become messengers, educators, and role models for healthy behaviors among their peers, families, and neighbors.” Quest’s support will also enable HNW to grow their new  By Kids For Kids  health news service that features content by kids in elementary and middle school. Teachers and parents can also access a  companion site  with lessons, activities, and videos to encourage student and community engagement. Over the past 18 years, Healthy NewsWorks has worked with thousands of children to teach health literacy while also developing their leadership, critical thinking and communications skills through journalism. “Being involved in Healthy NewsWorks has really had an impact on my life. It has taught me about constructive criticism, time management, and public speaking. I also learned how to partner with others to get the job done. I had to have all these skills as a reporter. But now I use these skills every day, and they help me be a successful person in general. I don’t think I could’ve ever done this without Healthy NewsWorks.” — eighth grade HNW student Quest is honored to team up with HNW to support this unique program that promotes journalism as a way to educate students about health issues and healthy lifestyles. To learn more about HNW, visit  www.healthynewsworks.org View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Quest Diagnostics on 3blmedia.com

September 28, 2021 11:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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WSP USA's Deborah Brown Wins ARTBA's Ethel S. Birchland Award

WSP

PINEHURST, N.C., September 28, 2021 /3BL Media/ — Honoring her leadership advocating for women in transportation, Deborah Brown, vice president and national director of alternative delivery at WSP USA, received the Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). ARTBA also presented its Leadership Impact Award to Rolando Amaya, senior vice president and Capital District leader for WSP, for his contributions to the transportation industry. The Ethel S. Birchland award is presented to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and long-term service in the transportation design and construction industry’s public or private sectors, and dedication to the advancement of innovation and other women leaders. For more than a quarter century, Brown has provided innovative leadership in public finance, implementation of public-private partnerships (P3s), and the development and delivery of innovative financing solutions for critical transportation projects. Based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Brown has provided P3 advisory services for numerous high-profile projects, including the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line Light Rail, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s I-77 HOV/HOT Conversion, and the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Op Lanes P3 Project  Her influence extends well beyond her project work. As an ARTBA member for more than 20 years and vice president of the association’s P3 Division, she aims to spotlight unconscious bias and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion. She introduced and organized a charitable opportunity to support vaccine access and racial health. “Throughout her career, Deborah has been a strong advocate for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the transportation industry, broadening the inclusion of gender and race into panels and conferences,” said Denise Turner Roth, Advisory National Business Line Leader at WSP. “She embodies the spirit of the Birchland Award, and I am so pleased that ARTBA is recognizing her achievements and contributions to promote women in transportation.” Brown’s involvement in the transportation industry also includes participation in Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, and Women’s Transportation Seminar. Before joining WSP, Brown served as strategic delivery team leader for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration Office of Innovative Program Delivery, and with the Virginia Department of Transportation where she led the implementation of its highly successful and long-running P3 program and oversaw statewide tolling and E-ZPass operations. She received the Excellence in Virginia Government Award for the Pocahontas Parkway Refinancing project. As an executive leader at WSP, Brown tirelessly looks to hire and mentor younger female and diverse professionals. “During the past year, inclusivity has been paramount to me, professionally and personally,” Brown said. “I have been working to bring equity-focused analysis and expertise to WSP and its clients across the globe.” Brown holds a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the second WSP leader to earn the Ethel S. Birchland Award. In 2016, Paula Hammond, WSP multimodal market leader and Washington State Secretary of Transportation from 2007-2013, received the honor in recognition of her transportation career spanning four decades. Amaya, in his role as Capital District Leader, manages operations and drives growth initiatives for all WSP markets in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. His role focuses on leveraging WSP’s full capabilities to attract and retain talent, grow relationships, expand expertise and ensure successful and timely project delivery. As a graduate of ARTBA’s Industry Leader Development Program, he was eligible for the Leadership Impact Award, which honors his contributions to transportation design and construction; his track record of visionary thinking, driving change and solving problems that improve operational performance; and his work as a mentor to colleagues and efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. Amaya, who joined the firm in 2009, serves on WSP’s Inclusion and Diversity Council, and was part of the team that developed WSP’s Inclusion and Diversity Strategic Plan. He is active in several of the firm’s mentoring programs and both formally and informally mentors a number of individuals throughout the firm. Additionally, he promotes proactive engagement with local disadvantaged firms, including development of a mentoring relationship with a local disadvantaged business enterprise firm. Amaya is a graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering, and a master’s degree in business administration from the New York University Stern School of Business. The awards were presented on Monday during an award ceremony held as part of the ARTBA National Convention in Pinehurst. About WSP USA WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 12,000 employees in 200 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. wsp.co  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from WSP on 3blmedia.com

September 28, 2021 11:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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25 Students Earn Fifth Third Education Scholarships from the Fifth Third Foundation

Fifth Third Bancorp

CINCINNATI, September 28, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Since its founding in 1948, the Fifth Third Foundation has made education programs a key priority. In 2005, Fifth Third established its Scholarship Program to award one-time, $2,500 scholarships annually to children of Fifth Third employees for study at a college or university. This year’s scholarships total $62,500. Nearly 350 students have merited scholarships since 2005. Chosen and administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., the Fifth Third Scholarship Program recognizes the academic achievements of the following students, listed with their employee parent or parents and their work location:  Alayna M. Nguyen*, daughter of Danny Dung Duc Nguyen, Warrenville, Illinois. Kevin Ren*, son of Jin Tian, Cincinnati. Ethan Schnettler*, son of Gary C. Schnettler, Cincinnati. Samuel D. Tilford*, son of Catherin A. Tilford, Cincinnati. Brandon J. Aguila, son of Stephanie M. Aguila, Lewis Center, Ohio. Morgan M. Bush, daughter of Christopher A. Bush, Cincinnati. John A. Comerford, son of Nicholas J. Comerford, Cincinnati. Carson P. Foor, son of Ronald P. Foor, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Chloe Elizabeth Hatridge, child of Jodie E. Hatridge, Portage, Michigan. Madisen E. Jender, daughter of Kathleen M. Jender, Oak Lawn, Illinois. Kayla M. Jennett, daughter of Donald W. Jennett, Dayton, Ohio. Ella L. Lambert, child of William P. Lambert, Cincinnati. Dominic S. Niceforo, son of Steven A. Niceforo, Oak Forest, Illinois. James D. Porter, III, son of Jennifer L. Porter, Florence, Kentucky. Sarah Grace Redden, child of David M. Redden, Cincinnati. Kyle A. Riddle, son of Dallas R. Riddle, Jr., Wyoming, Michigan. Hollis A. Schuler, child of Hollis M. Schuler, Cincinnati. Dean I. Sebastian, child of Kathleen Sebastian, Cincinnati. Emily V. Sichel, child of Diane D. Sichel, Cincinnati. Aidan Stiles, son of Joella Stiles, Evansville, Indiana. Aaron Tuk, son of Anthony Tuk, Knoxville, Tennessee. Tyler J. VanderZwaag, son of Justine E. VanderZwaag, Holland, Michigan. Rose Marie vonErden, daughter of Paul vonErden, Cincinnati. Ethan X. Zeng, child of Jennifer J. Zhang, Cincinnati. Derek C. Zhu, son of Jenny C. Zhu, Aurora, Illinois. *National Merit Scholarship finalist “I extend my sincere congratulations to these students as they begin the next exciting chapter of their lives and invest in their education,” said Greg D. Carmichael, Fifth Third Bancorp chairman and CEO. “We are honored to recognize their academic success and to support them as well as their parents, who are valued members of our Fifth Third team.” “The Fifth Third Foundation congratulates these 25 deserving students,” said Heidi Jark, senior vice president and managing director of the Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank. “Since 2005, the Foundation has enthusiastically supported the higher education of children of Fifth Third employees. Our goal is to support them as they grow and help improve their lives.”     The National Merit Scholarship Corp. is an independent nonprofit organization. The National Merit Scholarship Program was designed to identify and honor exceptionally able high school students, and to provide a system of services for corporations, foundations and other organizations that wish to sponsor college undergraduate scholarships to students who interest them. All aspects of the selection of winners and the administration of their awards are handled by the NMSC. Established in 1948, the Fifth Third Foundation was the first charitable foundation created by a financial institution. The Foundation supports worthy causes in the areas of health and human services, education, community development and the arts in the states where Fifth Third Bank operates. CONTACTS Stacie Haas (Media Relations) Stacie.Haas@53.com | 513-534-5113 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Fifth Third Bancorp on 3blmedia.com

September 28, 2021 11:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Food and Fellowship in Baltimore Powered by Ørsted's Skipjack Wind Project

Ørsted

Ørsted has been partnering with local businesses since 2017 to develop Maryland’s first offshore wind project,  Skipjack Wind 1, off the coast of the Delmarva Peninsula. With the proposal to develop Skipjack Wind 2, we’re hoping to achieve even more together. Skipjack Wind 2 will secure the region’s central position in the new American offshore wind industry for decades to come – not only as a hub for new manufacturing and port facilities to serve this growing sector, but also as a training center for the new green workforce. As part of this project, we interviewed three inspiring local people who are dedicated to where they live and what they do. Find out what sustainability means to Carleen Goodridge. About Ørsted  Our vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted is ranked the world’s most sustainable energy company in Corporate Knights’ 2021 Global 100 index of the most sustainable corporations. We’re recognized on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action.   View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Ørsted on 3blmedia.com

September 28, 2021 11:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Forest Positive Coalition: CEO Introduction 2021

The Consumer Goods Forum

Hear from the CEO Co-sponsors of The Consumer Goods Forum's Forest Positive Coalition, Grant F. Reid, CEO of Mars, Incorporated, and Alexandre Bompard, CEO and Chairman, Carrefour, alongside the CGF's Managing Director, Wai-Chan Chan, provide an update on the Coalition’s progress after one year. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from The Consumer Goods Forum on 3blmedia.com

September 28, 2021 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Lenovo Champions Collaboration and Science-Based Commitments at Climate Week NYC

Lenovo

Lenovo has taken the lead in climate action through sponsorship and collaboration with  Climate Week New York City, an event led by  Climate Group  in conjunction with the United Nations, and in partnership with the COP26 and the City of New York. The event is a global opportunity for businesses, governments, and organizations to come together to accelerate climate action and assess progress ahead of COP26. As a  sponsor  of the event, Lenovo has been proud to join the discussion with the intention of strengthening collaboration and underscoring the importance of science-based commitments. Lenovo’s presence at Climate Week NYC this week comes with the announcement of its  highest-ever score  on the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index and its  recently released  Environmental, Social, and Governance Report, which highlighted the company’s progress since  announcing science-based targets  for emissions reduction in 2020. Lenovo also announced a  new set of ESG goals, many of which are on a five-year timeline. For example, in addition to its 2030 emissions reduction goals, Lenovo has built in additional environmental goals to source 90% of its global operations’ electricity from renewable sources and remove one million tons of greenhouse gases from its supply chain by FY 2025/26. The new targets also address topics across environmental, social, and governance programs, including goals for increasing Lenovo’s participation in the circular economy, growing representation of women, and U.S. under represented- racial and ethnic groups in Lenovo’s executive ranks, and impacting millions through its  global philanthropy efforts. The need for stronger collaboration across the industry has been top of mind for Lenovo’s ESG leaders, including Laura Quatela, Lenovo’s Chief Legal Officer who oversees Lenovo’s environmental, social, and governance team in addition to Lenovo’s legal teams. In Lenovo’s  recent Tech World event, Laura addressed the difficulty of shifting toward greater collaboration in a conversation with Stan Aranow, a Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst. Lenovo seeks to recycle 800 million pounds (363 million kilograms) of end-of-life products by FY2025/26, a goal that can only be accomplished with the advent of a circular economy infrastructure that Lenovo, as a global technology leader, is  hoping to help build. You can watch Laura in a CEO Roundtable on  Climate Week NYC’s Facebook Live channel, in addition to reading about the  urgent need for leadership and collaboration  from Lenovo’s Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, John Cerretani. Lenovo was also proud to feature Director of Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, Mary Jacques, in a  5-minute speed interview  with Climate Group. For more from Lenovo on ESG, be sure to watch the recent segments at the company’s annual technology innovation event, Lenovo Tech World, on  the Path to Net Zero,  Inclusive Technology, and  circular economy, as well as ongoing stories on  Lenovo StoryHub. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Lenovo on 3blmedia.com

September 28, 2021 10:26 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Connecting Students to the Power of Good Deeds to Make an Impact

Discovery Education

Twenty years ago, the world watched in shock and horror as four planes crashed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. As a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives and thousands more suffered injuries or were sickened in the aftermath. The world grieved that day and vowed to “Never Forget.” Even in the darkness of the tragedy, people in the United States truly joined together to support the victims and their communities. Medical teams, rescue and recovery workers, volunteers and others traveled from all over to aid local agencies and those directly affected. It was a time when people put aside their differences and focused on our common humanity. U.S. and global leaders urged everyone to unite and stand strong in the face of tragedy.  In ways it was an unprecedented time. Yet now, more than 100 million people in the United States are too young to have direct memories of the attacks and the aftermath. As researchers and educators look to learn from and teach about the historic events and pay homage to the victims, it is important to also focus on the tremendous compassion for others that millions showed in the face of such hardship. MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit which originated and leads the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (“ 9/11 Day ”), encourages people everywhere to do good deeds in honor of those directly affected by the attacks and those who rose in service in response. 9/11 Day and Discovery Education now offer an all-new way to engage students everywhere about the importance of service with a virtual field trip entitled 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through  Good Deeds. Designed for middle and high school students, this virtual field trip, moderated by Jenna Bush Hager, co-host of the NBC’s TODAY Show, takes students to New York City. Once there, the trip splits into three interviews with  community leaders: Jay Winuk, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, shares  a personal story about his heroic brother, Glenn Winuk, an attorney and volunteer firefighter and EMT who died in the line of duty as a rescuer when the World Trade Center South Tower collapsed, and about how Glenn’s actions helped inspire 9/11 Day. Terry Tobin, Chief of Interagency Operations for the New York City Police Department and a first responder on 9/11, focuses on community unity in the aftermath. Hillary O’Neill, now a college student who was born on 9/11/2001, shares why she dedicates her birthday each year to doing good deeds. During this virtual field trip, students will also meet peers to hear their thoughts and questions about the events of 9/11 and how service makes a difference. 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds, teaches students that heroism does not necessarily require acts of great courage, but can be realized through acts of kindness and a willingness to lend a hand when needed, despite our perceived differences. Just about everyone has the ability to do good deeds, and this VFT calls on students to take the time and get involved. We are living in divided times, and unity is difficult for many. We know it is possible because we saw it through the actions taken on and after 9/11 by everyday civilians. The 20 th anniversary of 9/11 can be the turning point for us to unite as one, and 20th Anniversary of 9/11: Paying Tribute Through Good Deeds helps guide students by demonstrating the power of helping others. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Discovery Education on 3blmedia.com

September 28, 2021 10:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Mercy Corps and Xylem - Partnering To Solve Water for Crisis-Affected Communities Around the World

Xylem Inc.

“I have experienced how it felt when we lost almost everything … so I know how difficult it is for the communities to keep surviving during this difficult year.” Those are the words of Nurdianto, a Mercy Corps team member from Indonesia. Nurdianto knows what it’s like to lose almost everything. A survivor of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, he has dedicated his life to partnering with disaster-struck communities to support them in rebuilding their lives. Every year, millions of people are displaced as a result of their exposure to disasters, including violent conflict, political upheaval and extreme weather patterns. Amid these challenging circumstances, our Xylem Watermark partner, Mercy Corps, brings emergency, life-changing relief to those who need it most in more than 40 countries around the world. Regardless of the cause, the human toll of disasters is often the same: families uprooted; children unable to attend school; people struggling to survive without shelter, food or clean water. The global COVID-19 pandemic has further compounded their problems. Maintaining good hygiene and preventing the spread of the virus amongst displaced populations is often difficult as evacuation sites lack basic handwashing facilities, access to clean water and items for sanitation and hygiene. The majority of Mercy Corps global team members are from the countries in which they serve and are witnessing first-hand how the virus is disrupting their communities. Their teams are continuously adapting to implement measures to stop the spread of infection, such as the need to limit movement and crowds gathering, promote good hygiene practices and coordinate efforts with local governments. “For displaced communities, access to water is a daily struggle. We feel privileged to work with partners like Mercy Corps to support their efforts to bring critical aid to families in dire need, and to help communities prepare for future water-related crises.” Making Waves connected with Mercy Corps to hear about the humanitarians providing help and the individuals receiving critical aid, to learn how they’ve coped through these challenging times. Partnering with disaster-struck communities in Indonesia In Indonesia, tens of thousands of people have been living in temporary shelters since 2018, when a 7.4‑magnitude earthquake destroyed communities and triggered a tsunami. In January 2021, they experienced further devastation when a series of deadly disasters struck, culminating in a devastating 6.2‑magnitude earthquake. Nurdianto, Mercy Corps Disaster Recovery Deputy Program Manager, was deployed to West Sulawesi to help those affected by the earthquake. Despite the purpose he finds in humanitarian service, Nurdianto is also human. Like many other aid workers during the pandemic, Nurdianto grapples with the reality that his work may put him at a greater risk for contracting COVID‑19. “One of the biggest challenges is that our West Sulawesi Earthquake Response is in a Red Zone – Indonesia’s highest risk rating for COVID‑19. Here, many people are living in crowded tents after the earthquake, making it impossible to social distance,” he shared. Despite the risks, the Mercy Corps team responded quickly in the aftermath of the earthquake to distribute critical aid, including clean water, food, shelter kits, and hygiene supplies. Emergency response to support Nigeria’s displaced communities Since Boko Haram’s armed rebellion against their government in 2009, north-eastern Nigeria has been devastated. 81% of Nigeria’s population has been displaced and are now living in camps. In Damboa, the crisis has impacted access to essential water, sanitation, and hygiene services, and this continues to be a challenge. Xylem Watermark’s Emergency WASH Fund has supported Mercy Corps in their efforts to secure safe water for residents like Hauwa (pictured, left) to drink, clean and bathe, including through undertaking water quality checks. Across the world, millions of displaced people lack access to lighting which is a critical factor in accessing water and sanitation (WASH) facilities safely at night. With Mercy Corps support, large numbers in the Damboa camp now have access to a solar rechargeable lantern, to help them safely access WASH facilities, as well as hygiene kits to help fight the spread of COVID-19. “Five years ago, we were displaced. The house where I stay with my children leaks and we don’t have enough food that will carry us for a month... The clean water protects us from disease. Without water we cannot survive.” Hauwa Madu, who lives in a displacement camp in Damboa, Nigeria. The stories from Nurdianto and Hauwa give us a glimpse of what life is like when disasters strike, and lives are turned upside down. And the need for support from partners like Mercy Corps is increasing worldwide. The Global Report on Internal Displacement revealed that in 2020, despite the pandemic, the number of people displaced from their homes reached a 10-year high, with natural disasters being the culprit for more and more lives being disrupted. “When disaster strikes, Mercy Corps does everything we can to rapidly mobilize our teams and respond quickly and effectively. Our ability to act at a moment's notice can make all the difference in addressing the urgent water and WASH needs of communities. It is critical that we partner with donors who provide flexible and immediate funding in these times. Together with our partners, we're working with communities to rebuild and strengthen resilience to crisis for the long-term and create a world where everyone can prosper.” – Adrienne Karecki, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, Mercy Corps. The mission of Watermark, Xylem’s corporate social responsibility program, is to provide education and equitable access to safe water to ensure healthy lives build resilient communities. Learn more about Xylem Watermark’s work in disaster response and get involved in our global preparedness and volunteer efforts  here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Xylem Inc. on 3blmedia.com

September 28, 2021 10:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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