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Asia Transpacific Foundation’s Clean Water Initiative Receives Top Honor

Educational Travel Conference Recognizes Asia Transpacific Foundation Efforts in Asia


BOULDER, CO - January 27, 2011 - Asia Transpacific Foundation has just received first-place honors from the Educational Travel Conference's Responsible Tourism Committee in recognition of their Clean Water Initiative, chosen from an impressive group of applicants. First prize includes a $1,000 monetary recognition, and acknowledgment at the ETC 2011 Conference, held in February.

Water sources in Asia are abundant yet rife with disease. Asia Transpacific Foundation-the charitable arm of Asia Transpacific Journeys, a US-based Asia tour operator-pioneered the production of simple clay filters that are locally produced in Asia using affordable, indigenous materials. The technology utilizes clay, rice husks and kilns. When water is filtered through the ceramic filter, 100% of all harmful bacterial is eliminated. Jobs are created at the local level, and health rates have soared, especially among vulnerable young children.

"We're gratified at the recognition," notes Marilyn Downing Staff, Founder and CEO of Asia Transpacific Journeys. "But the real winners are the people in rural villages throughout Myanmar who now have access to clean drinking water. The prize money will go to producing more filters that will benefit more people. Talk about a win-win."

Asia Transpacific Foundationwww.asiatranspacificfoundation.org
Asia Transpacific Foundation, established in 1998 is the charitable arm of tour operator Asia Transpacific Journeys, the nation's leading Asia tour company specializing exclusively in custom journeys and small group trips in the Asia/Pacific region. Asia Transpacific Foundation is a volunteer-driven, IRS registered 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation.

About the Educational Travel Community
The Educational Travel Community (ETC) is a membership organization dedicated to promoting academic travel through the University and Museum communities nationwide.