Drinking water transported, distributed to people of Haiti with innovative portable method

SILVER SPRING, MD, March 16, 2010 -- CHF International has partnered with Florida-based M.R. Crafts Inc., founders of Watersafe, a product that offers a portable method for transporting and distributing water to Haiti in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake...

• New product from M.R. Crafts ensures large volume of water is easily transported in emergency situations

SILVER SPRING, MD, March 16, 2010 -- CHF International (CHF) today announced details of a partnership with Florida-based M.R. Crafts Inc., founders of the award-winning Watersafe, an innovative product that offers a portable method for transporting and distributing water to Haiti in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake.

"Watersafe is an innovative product that provides a life-saving resource in easily transportable, large quantities. We are glad to be partnering with a company that is working so hard to support the people of Haiti."
M.R. Crafts is donating several pallet loads of Watersafes and collapsible water bladders that can expand to hold 2.5 -- 55 gallons of water.

"We've had an incredible response from the private sector on recovery efforts in Haiti," said Erin Mote, Resource Development Manager for CHF International. "Watersafe is an innovative product that provides a life-saving resource in easily transportable, large quantities. We are glad to be partnering with a company that is working so hard to support the people of Haiti."

M.R. Crafts worked with its local community and bag manufacturer to raise funds to donate over $18,000 worth of Watersafes and other water bladders to CHF to give the people of Haiti access to water.

"Watersafe was created to ensure individuals and families would be prepared for an emergency situation. Now we know that it will be effective in the aftermath of a disaster, and we are thankful to CHF International for helping us do our part for Haiti," said Kristen Nevils, President of M.R. Crafts Inc.

Since 2006, CHF's team has been undertaking the largest USAID-funded infrastructure rehabilitation and job creation program in Haiti, and had been focusing many of its efforts on repairing vital infrastructure damaged in the 2008 tropical storm season. After the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, CHF has been focusing its efforts on recovery.

About CHF International
CHF International is an international development organization founded in 1952 that works in post-conflict, unstable and developing countries. CHF partners with communities around the world to help them to improve and direct their lives and livelihoods. The organization believes that those best suited to decide what a community needs are the community itself. CHF is a politically neutral, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.chfinternational.org.

About M.R. Crafts
M.R. Crafts is a product development, manufacturing and sourcing company, specializing in emergency and healthcare products. The Watersafe, M.R. Crafts' award-winning invention, is a perfect water storage system. It is a large, beverage-grade collapsible plastic bladder that allows water to be stored, treated and transported. It will expand to fit in the chosen container or can stand alone. The Watersafe protects the water from contamination so it can be safe for drinking. There are three models to choose from, each including an easy-to-use siphon pump that draws the water out as needed. MADE IN AMERICA with FDA-approved materials, the Watersafe was engineered with superior liquid packaging technology to provide strong seals and extraordinary bag toughness. The Watersafe is a great choice to store water for emergencies, military use, recreational use and general short-term water storage and transportation needs.

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