We’ve been long-standing supporters of the charityJust a Drop which looks to bring sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene projects to communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Globally there are around 844 million people that don’t have access to safe water, and drinking dirty water makes people ill. A lack of safe water and sanitation holds back development, and makes it harder for communities to escape the poverty trap.
At this year’sBritish Water Cooler Association (BWCA) Annual Conference we made a donation to our trade body’s fundraising appeal for the charity. The BWCA has now raised funds for four boreholes in Africa, bringing life-transforming changes to villagers in Zambia where there was previously no access to clean water and sanitation.
At the conference, Just a Drop’s head of fundraising and communications Brendan Hanlon reported on the status of these and other projects and launched a fundraising appeal fund a fifth borehole. Since it was founded in 1998, the charity has reached over 1.5 million people in 32 countries.
Our general operations director, Rebecca Farrow, says: “In the UK, we take clean, safe water for granted; it’s not the same everywhere and that’s where Just a Drop comes in by providing drinking water and sanitation to communities in developing countries.
“As a company we’re a really proud to be involved with helping to give access to sustainable safe water solutions, sanitation facilities and knowledge of safe hygiene practices.”