Exacerbating these challenges, the “drinkability” of the water, which comes from hand dug wells, boreholes and even directly from surface streams, has been problematic because it contains germs and bacteria and often the environment surrounding the rivers is not clean. So, the efforts can end up being for naught and often harmful, leading to water-borne diseases—the main cause of morbidity in Nsuta, the district capital where Linda and her family live.
The unfortunate reality is that Linda’s story is one of millions more, which is why The
RAIN—Providing Water Access across Africa
In response to Africa’s water challenges and to help provide safe drinking water for families like Linda’s, in 2005, The
Specifically, Linda’s community is being assisted by the RAIN program, Safe Water for Africa, an innovative partnership between The
WASH Sustainability Charter—Signing to Support Sustainable WASH Services
In 2011, to collaboratively promote the delivery of WASH services that produce high-quality, lasting benefits for consumers, the WASH Sustainability Charter was developed. The
Through RAIN, we have always looked to develop supply chains, means of communication, and a finance stream for communities to be able to sustain the safe water and sanitation systems we help provide, which is one of the biggest challenges facing the water sector. Signing the Charter strengthens our commitment to enable lasting community ownership and operation of these water access and treatment systems.
“By signing the Sustainability Charter, The
Enabling a Dream through Drink
When Linda sees clean water, she sees more than a drink. She sees her long-time dream of becoming a nurse turning into a reality. Access to clean water means Linda can spend more time in class versus searching and fetching water while also maintaining better health. With the help she has received, in turn, Linda will be able to help others.
To hear Linda’s story, visit
Greg Koch is Director of Global Water Stewardship in the Corporate Sustainability Office at The
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