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Danish Consumers & Water For All Bring Clean Water to Kenyans Print E-mail

Water For All has partnered with Kildevæld®, a Danish bottled water product of The Coca-Cola Company, to provide access to clean drinking water to people in Kenya via a remarkable filtration technology: the LifeStraw®.  The LifeStraw® is a lightweight, portable water filter that enables easy access to clean drinking water and helps prevent common diarrheal disease.

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Tanzanian NGO Partners with Water For All Print E-mail

Water For All collaborates with local and international partners on site selection, education and training in hygiene, sanitation and other activities inked to water. In Tanzania, we are fortunate to partner with Sanitation and Water Action (SAWA), an NGO with rich expertise and experience of national professionals in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. SAWA is assisting Water For All with the identification of schools and communities which need a water supply in the Dar Es Salaam Region of Tanzania. 

Charles Zacharia, a founder of SAWA, his Tanzanian colleagues have worked for or with WaterAid, Plan International, Concern World Wide, Oxfam, UNICEF and others. He said that he wanted to work with Water For All because its "mission and objectives are in line with of that of SAWA to support the needy and marginalized with WASH services."  Zacharia also said that working with Water For All is different than working with other NGOs because, "the project is hinged on cost effectiveness and considering sustainability of installed facilities for the realization of long impacts to target communities." 

SAWA has supported a considerable number of solar driven Mono pumps in Dar es Salaam specifically for deep boreholes in semi and arid-areas in Tanzania. According to Zacharia, a smaller percentage of Tanzanians accesses improved water services compared to other Sub-Saharan countries, and low functionality of water facilities, sustainability uncertainties contribute to the challenge.

Zacharia said that what makes Water For All’s Sun pumps unique and viable in particular areas of Tanzania is that "Most of the areas in Tanzania are not connected with power and therefore solar powered technology has gained popularity due to its low operation and maintenance compared to other technologies."

 
Thoughts on Water at 30,000 Feet Print E-mail

Chris Hall, a Virgin Atlantic Airlines captain, tells the story of his international effort to organise and lead a hike of Mt. Fuji to raise funds for water pumps installed in Kenya by Water For All.

 

 
Virgin Fuji Climbers Chris Hall 

As a captain for Virgin Atlantic Airlines, I fly over a lot of water. Even from thirty thousand feet, when all I could see from the cockpit are clouds and the water down below, I have thought about all the people in the world who suffer from a lack of clean drinking water. I grew up in Kenya, Tanzania and India, so in addition to experiencing the joys of different cultures and people as a child and as a pilot, I have also witnessed abject poverty on every continent.

Thankfully, a group named Water For All is making it easy for people like me to do our part to improve access to clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa, which is a good first step in helping to ease poverty as well. 

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Africare Print E-mail

WFA and Africare have formed a $1.6 million partnership that will bring clean drinking water and hygiene education to 300 schools and communities in Zambia, Uganda and Malawi. Africare is the oldest and largest African-American led organization specializing in African development aid. "We are very pleased about this collaboration given the significant impact providing water in schools has on education in Africa," said Jeannine B. Scott, Africare senior vice president. "Children are freed up to actually attend school as the arduous burden of fetching water is lifted."

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Ulusaba's Pride 'n Purpose Print E-mail
Access to clean water for rural communities in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa is a daily challenge. In February 2009 an outbreak of cholera made the situation worse. The Department of Health estimated that more than 4,000 people had presented themselves with cholera in health facilities within the area.
In response, Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson's Private Game Reserve, and Water For All teamed up to distribute LifeStraw® water purifiers to the villages surrounding the reserve.
Through Ulusaba's Pride 'n Purpose project 500 purifiers were donated and dispatched to help prevent a futher spread of the disease. With the help of the Bhubezi Community Health Care Centre purifiers were distributed as clinic staff made their daily visits to surrounding villages. Pride 'n Purpose staff also provided those who rely on water from the nearby river with purifiers and information on waterborne diseases and prevention techniques.
The LifeStraw® portable water purifier can be carried for easy access to safe and clean drinking water. In emergency situations or in remote areas were borehole drilling is difficult or cost prohibitive, the LifeStraw® is a life saving option. This water purification system makes it possible to drink from surface water sources that would not otherwise be safe. The straw removes 99.999% of waterborne bacteria and 98.2% of waterborne viruses. It filters a minimum of 700 litres of water and requires no electrical power or spare parts.
Pride 'n Purpose helps disadvantaged communities living adjacent to the reserve by providing access to food, water and health services, and by empowering communities with sustainable development initiatives. Over 35,000 people across six communities benefit from Pride 'n Purpose including Lillydale, Justicia, Newington, Dumphries, Metsi and Rolle. 100% of all guest donations at Ulusaba go directly to Pride 'n Purpose projects.
Pride 'n Purpose Manager Lindsay Hanekom said, "Our partnership with Water For All allowed us to take immediate action to protect our neighbors from cholera. This emergency reinforces the need to have affordable and easy solutions for access to clean drinking water."