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Ned Breslin '88, center, with staff for Water For People in India

Ned Breslin '88, CEO of Water For People, recently was one of four recipients of the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship by the Skoll Foundation. Water For People and Breslin were honored for their work to create sustainable, locally maintained drinking water and sanitation solutions in developing countries.

Each year the Skoll Foundation chooses a select group of social entrepreneurs and their organizations working around the world in the areas of tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, peace and security, and economic and social equity. Recipients receive a three-year grant to assist in their work of tackling the worlds most pressing social and economic challenges.

Accepting the award, Breslin noted that he was first introduced to the challenges of water supply when living in the Chalbi Desert of northern Kenya in 1987, while studying in St. Lawrence's program there. Breslin also studied in Denmark while a St. Lawrence student, and earned his degree in government.

Breslin joined Water For People as its director of international programs in January 2006, and was appointed acting CEO in late 2008; he was named CEO in May of 2009. He had previously worked for a range of local and international water and sanitation sector NGOs in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, including positions at the Mvula Trust and as Country Representative for WaterAid in Mozambique.

Water For People is a leading international nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to creating reliable safe drinking water resources, improved sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs in the developing world; it currently operates in 11 countries in Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America.

Jeff Skoll created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, its mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world's most pressing problems.

Posted: April 27, 2011

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