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B'ville man joins local residents to tackle waterborne diseases in Congo

— A life changing trip leads a group of locals to launch Habitat Technologies Solutions for the Congo, a non-profit organization dedicated to fight the curse of waterborne diseases in DR Congo.

“My grown children, both born and raised here in Western New York, always had a desire to explore my country of birth,” said HTSC founder and executive director, Leon Fontier. “In 2010, we all traveled together to the Democratic Republic of Congo. This trip was eye-opening as we witnessed firsthand the extreme poverty of the Congolese people. The DR Congo is one of the least developed countries in the world and upon my return to the USA, I just could not stop thinking about how I could help. I needed a conduit to transfer resources to improve the health and well-being of the people of the Congo.”

This dream became a reality with the help of the following generous individuals, the Founding Board Members: Joan Bozman, of Hammondsport, Archana Prakash, of New York City, Gunther Keil, of Trumansburg, Steve Graff, of Baldwinsville, Roy Yarnell, of Greenwood and Corning, Lou Vogel, of Hector, and Heather Scott, of Trumansburg.

HTSC became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) international non-profit humanitarian organization this past July. In DR Congo, 50 million people lack clean water to drink and many more have no toilet at all. Drinking contaminated water causes so many diseases and can lead to death, especially for children under the age of 5.

HTSC is determined to improve the health and habitat of rural people in the DR Congo through the transfer of sustainable and appropriate technologies for drilling wells, building latrines and hygiene education.

HTSC is headquartered in Penn Yan and its website can be visited at htscongo.org.

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