First Citizens Donation Supports Development of Water Mission’s Commercial-Flight-Ready Disaster Treatment Unit
Funding to provide resources for safe water and rapid global disaster response
N. Charleston, SC – May 25, 2020 – Water Mission, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization, is developing a new, portable, safe water unit that will expedite first responders’ ability to provide clean, safe water when first arriving in a disaster area. Safe water is the number one need following any disaster, and First Citizens Bank’s donation will allow Water Mission to more rapidly respond with life-saving clean water solutions.
“First Citizens Bank is honored to support Water Mission and the important work it does around the world, bringing clean water to all and contributing as an immediate stabilizing role,” said Virginia Lee, senior vice president and commercial banker at First Citizens Bank. “We’re pleased that our donation will increase Water Mission’s capabilities to respond more quickly to future disasters through compact, easily transportable water purification units that are designed for convenient transfer by commercial flight.”
The ability to fly safe-water systems on commercial airlines improves response times and decreases costs. These flight-ready systems are engineered with a compact footprint, designed to fit in a suitcase and feature increased capacity providing four times the volume of water compared to other existing commercial solutions.
“Water Mission’s years of experience responding to natural disasters and emergency situations has taught us that a more rapid response results in saving more lives,” said Water Mission Innovation Engineer, Timothy Darms. “First Citizens Bank’s contribution enhances our ability to quickly deploy sustainable safe water solutions following a disaster, ensuring that survivors have immediate access to safe water.”
Photo of Water Mission’s Commercial-Flight-Ready Disaster Treatment Unit with Water Mission Engineer Tim Darms and First Citizens Employees Virginia Lee and Debra Stewart
About First Citizens Bank
Founded in 1898, First Citizens Bank has become one of the largest banks in the Southeast, and is one of the America’s largest family-controlled banks. With the motto “Forever First,” First Citizens seeks to grow both as a company and in their relationships. First Citizens is wholly owned subsidiary of First Citizens BancShares, Inc. a financial holding company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company has not only exceeded $37 billion in assets, but has also approved grants to many nonprofits and charities to give back to the community. In past years, First Citizens has been a sponsor of Water Mission’s Walk for Water and Day of Caring.
About Water Mission
The Water Mission organization is a Christian engineering nonprofit that designs, builds, and implements safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Since 2001, Water Mission has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water for nearly four million people in 56 countries. Water Mission has 350 staff members working around the world in permanent country programs located in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Notably, Charity Navigator has awarded Water Mission its top four-star rating 13 years in a row, a distinction shared by less than one percent of the charities rated by the organization. To learn more, visit watermission.org.