November 5, 2021: Pure Earth, the environmental clean-up organization that is focused on lead and mercury pollution, announced mid-October that it had received final approval for a grant of $8 million from the charity assessment organization GiveWell.
Part of the grant will help fund the initiative called ‘Protecting Every Child’s Potential’, founded in 2020 by Pure Earth, Clarios Foundation and UNICEF to prevent children’s exposure to lead.
In July, GiveWell recommended a grant of $8 million to Pure Earth to work on reducing lead exposure in low and middle-income countries. The grant was funded by the Effective Altruism Global Health and Development Fund ($5.67 million), Open Philanthropy ($2.13 million), and an anonymous funder ($0.2 million).
The grant will expand Pure Earth’s work combatting lead poisoning over the next three years to: identify likely sources of lead exposure in 25 low and middle-income countries; implement interventions to reduce lead exposure from key sources; and, conduct analyses of blood lead levels to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions.
A portion of the grant will focus on reducing lead exposure from lead-adulterated spices.