The Clean Water Foundation of Georg Fischer AG supports water supply projects in more than 50 countries worldwide. Clean Water works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local organizations to ensure the sustainability of projects. The Clean Water Foundation was founded in 2002. Over the past 15 years, GF has invested more than CHF 10 million in the foundation. As such, GF has provided some 300’000 people around the world with better access to clean drinking water via around 140 projects. Since 2012 there has been a partnership between Clean Water and Caritas Switzerland for drinking water projects.
Given that there is an acute water shortage in more than 30 countries around the world, this partnership is especially important. As a result, twelve percent of the world’s population has no access to clean drinking water, suffering from thirst and hunger, as the shortage of water also endangers harvests. 80 percent of all diseases in poor countries can be linked to contaminated drinking water. A lack of clean drinking water causes about 3.5 million deaths worldwide per year. (Source: www.bundesregierung.de)
The foundation focuses on rural areas in particular where the state has little to no presence. As the local municipalities are unable to finance or organize major infrastructure projects themselves, support in relation to drinking water provision makes a huge contribution to improving people’s standard of living.
One case in point is in Bolivia. Here, Caritas Switzerland has been supporting its partner organization Caritas Corocoro for the last five years. This organization has many years of experience in constructing water supply systems. As part of a project supported by Clean Water, Caritas Corocoro gives access to clean drinking water to twelve communities in the districts of Sapahaqui and Patacamaya, approximately 80 kilometers south of La Paz. The drinking water systems range from rainwater collection systems and wells, to gravity-fed water systems including domestic connections.
In this project, great emphasis lies on actively involving local residents. Construction committees are set up on site to coordinate and manage the construction of the drinking water systems. There are workshops on improving water and sanitation practices. In particular, the workshops are held for schoolchildren, so that they can apply their new knowledge within their families. And that pays off: “Since the first drinking water supply system has been constructed, cases of diarrhea have halved,” explains Noemi Ylimori, a doctor at the competent health center.
Would you like to get involved?
You can make a personal donation via bank transfer to the following donation account:
Georg Fischer Stiftung «Clean Water»
IBAN: CH87 0078 2007 1070 0710 1
Account 710.700-7 101
Clearing number 782
Postal account 82-50-5
You can find more information about the Clean Water Foundation here: www.cleanwater.ch
Yves Serra, CEO of GF and President of the Clean Water Foundation’s board of trustees, says:
“The supply of clean, potable water is one of the major global challenges. As a specialist in water supply, we understand how important clean water is. That’s why we are so pleased to work with experienced partners such as Caritas to help people around the world gain better access to drinking water.”