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  • Hilton and the West Africa Water Initiative

    I can't remember how I discovered the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, but I suspect it was in one of the hotels owned by the Hilton Corporation. Conrad Hilton, born in 1887, was the founder of the chain that bears his name. After he became successful and well-know, he capitalized on his fame by promoting a "post-World War II philosophy of reconciliation and nonviolence." His will directed that his wealth be "eternally reinvested to alleviate human suffering throughout the world."

    You can visit the foundation's site to learn about all the programs it supports, including the annual Humanitarian Prize and Symposia. What captured my attention are the foundation's Safe Water Development programs:

    Mr. Hilton was a wealthy man, but you don't have to be wealthy to make a difference. A small contribution can help bring clean drinking water to the 1 in 6 people who can't now access it.

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