Models 4 Water’s Well Rehabiliation in Nakar

Our partners found that the Nakar Health Clinic Well was contaminated with high levels of iron due to rusty pipes. Consumption of drinking water with high levels of iron can lead to iron overload causing damage to major organs, particularly people who carry the genetic disease hemochromatosis. It was ironic in that there was no clean, safe water available at a “health” clinic. This situation needed to be changed.

Through your contributions, the center is now able to provide clean and safe drinking water to the community. Hygiene classes were introduced about hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. The center also introduced possible additional lessons covering latrine perceptions, healthy nutritional choices.

Such any incidents occur to affect the clinic well’s ability to provide clean, safe water a contact number was provided to the community for emergencies.

Models 4 Water would like to thank you again for helping us to restore the Nakar Health Clinic’s well, where now it is able to provide clean, safe water to its community!

Before: Rusty pipes contaminating the water source

Before: Iron contaminated water vs. Clean Water

The women in the village carry bins of water from the

newly rehabilitated well.

The finished product thanks to our supporters and contributors!

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A big Thank You to Sara Cohen for the incredible write up on Models 4 Water in The Epoch Times!

Co-founder Heide Lindgren goes into detail about how the collaboration with Georgie Badiel happened and how both co-founders are trying to break the bad stigmas of the modeling industry.

Here’s a snippet of the article:

Models 4 Water works in partnership with the 5-year-old nonprofit organization The Water Project, as well as Gilt Groupe, Modelinia, and others to raise money not only for building the well but also for training the community to adhere to healthy sanitation practices and proper maintenance of the well.

“Building the well is only part of it. A 10-year-old well will only last 11 months if it is not cared for properly,” Lindgren said.

Read the full article, A wellspring of hope for Burkina Faso, here.

Are the stigmas of the modeling industry, as Heide mentions, growing or changing? What other steps should we take to change that stigma through our cause? Let us know what you think.

Rod Hagwood writes about one of Miami’s anticipated events coming up at the end of the month, the 2012 Model Beach Volleyball Tournament. Models 4 Water is this year’s charity partner - check it out here!

Model Beach Volleyball Tournament brings hottie heat to SoBe, written by Rod Hagwood on March 9th, 2012.

It sells itself, doesn’t it?

Sun, sand and sex appeal returns to Miami Beach with “The Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball” March 31 and April 1 on the beach at 11th and Ocean Drive.

This is the third year for the model-on-model action where the top agencies in Miami form co-ed teams that are coached by professional athletes for the exhibition matches (I’m hearing Olympic Women’s team members Jennifer Kessy and April Ross).

What’s in it for them? Well – aside from a Glam Rock Watch and a one-year membership to Crunch Gym – the finalists and winners get an all-expense getaway to Bimini Bay Resort and Marina…where they go at it again with four teams competing in a rematch for a final winning team.

What do we get out of it? Well – aside from all the ogling you want as the hotties show off their toned bodies – the charity sponsor is Models 4 Water, an organization founded by models Heide Lindgren (of Boca Raton) and Georgie Badiel.

The participating agencies include Wilhelmina, Next, Caroline Gleason, Ford, Mega, Front, MC2, Elite, Runways and Ocean Models.

Oh, and keep it on the downlow, but the kickoff party will be at the Wall Lounge in the W Hotel on Friday, March 30.





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All photos are from last year’s tournament and were shot by Jim Donnelly.

Models4Water rang NASDAQ’s opening bell today - Such an amazing experience! 

It’s heartwarming how much support we’ve received so far - to think that in October 2011 (only a 4 months ago) we were still in ideation. We’re so pleased with the opportunity and warm-welcome Models4Water has received in such short a period. Words cannot describe how grateful we all are! 

We are firms believers that if you have a passion, you must go for it! You never know how much you impact you can have, until you try.  

A HUGE “Thank You!” to all our supporters. Without you we would not be able to move forward with our vision of bringing clean drinking water to villagers in Burkina Faso. 

The Models4Water Team

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Article: “Why the Global Economy Needs Businesses to Invest in Women”

Kim Azzarelli and Melanne Vereer write about Why the Global Economy Needs Businesses to Invest in Women in this week’s edition of Newsweek. You can read the article here or see below.

“There is no doubt that the increasing numbers of women in the economy … has helped fuel significant growth everywhere. And economies that are making the shift more effectively and rapidly are dramatically outperforming those that have not.”-  Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State.

Why the Global Economy Needs Businesses to Invest in Women
The global economy needs the other 51%.

Businesses are starting to understand what development experts have long known: investing in women pays dividends. Women are more likely than men to put their income back into their communities, driving illiteracy and mortality rates down and GDP up.

Now a corporate revolution is at hand, one that is moving beyond philanthropy, making women partners in business at all levels. This was an important theme at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, which hosted a plenary session entitled “Women as the Way Forward” on the potential impact of women on the global economy. On Feb. 1, some of the most powerful companies in the United States (Accenture, Coca-Cola, Ernst and Young, Goldman Sachs, and others) are signing on to a worldwide campaign to bring women into the economic mainstream.

The Third Billion Campaign is being launched by La Pietra Coalition—an alliance including corporations, governments, and nonprofits—to enable 1 billion women to become members of the global economy by 2025. The campaign’s title comes from the notion that over the next decade, the impact of women will be at least as significant as that of China’s and India’s respective 1-billion-plus populations.

Bringing women into businesses creates what Michael Porter and Mark Kramer of Harvard Business School call “shared value”—it helps companies while helping communities too. Consumer-product businesses have quickly understood the benefits—for instance, bypassing retail and hiring women to build person-to-person distribution channels for everything from cosmetics to beverages.

More recently, companies have found it especially effective when the purchaser needs to be educated on the product being sold, be it a mobile sonogram machine, an energy lantern, or a cookstove. Women can also be the best innovators of the products they use and sell, sometimes transforming their communities with something as small as the knowledge of the optimal use of a household’s single electric light.


A woman signs up to receive a microloan in India., Adeel Halim / Bloomberg-Getty ImagesThe rewards are clear. Avon, for example, gives more than 6 million women in more than 100 countries the opportunity to start their own businesses; these entrepreneurs serve as Avon’s main sales force, resulting in more than $10 billion in revenue. Similarly Unilever has invested in 45,000 underprivileged Indian entrepreneurs, mostly women, in more than 100,000 villages through microfinance and training—a strategy that accounts for 5 percent of the company’s total revenue in India.

Recently, Walmart has pledged to source more than $20 billion from women-owned companies in the United States alone, and Coca-Cola announced a program, 5 By 20, to support 5 million women entrepreneurs globally by 2020. The benefits of women in upper management have also been shown: a recent Catalyst survey found a strong correlation between gender diversity in the leadership ranks of a business and that business’s economic performance.

“There is no doubt,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said, “that the increasing numbers of women in the economy … has helped fuel significant growth everywhere. And economies that are making the shift more effectively and rapidly are dramatically outperforming those that have not.

Read the original Newsweek article here.