Conrad Hilton Foundation Awards $1.5 Million to Expand Access to Water in West Africa

, a nongovernmental organization based in Montreal, Canada, has announced a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the in support of its Project Burkina Faso.

Established in 2007 by Guy Lalibert´┐Ż, the founder of Cirque Du Soleil, One Drop works to raise awareness about water-related issues, encourage smarter water practices, and implement site-specific safe water solutions in a sustainable fashion. Its new project in Burkina Faso will extend its efforts for the first time to sub-Saharan West Africa.

"We believe in the integrated and sustainable approach developed by One Drop," said Edmund J. Cain, vice president of grant programs at the Hilton Foundation. "That is why we are proud to be involved in the water access component of the first project of their West African cluster."

"The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and One Drop Join Forces to Provide Access to Water in Sub-Saharan West Africa" One Drop Press Release 11/11/2011.