“Now, we have safe water all day long and you have solved a conflict in our community. And now, we grow our own crops.”
A Kenyan man at the men’s meeting
Clean water to more than 16,000 people
Our Water2Life programme started in Kenya in 2010, where thousands of people were lacking access to clean water. Within three years, Grundfos employees provided access to clean water to more than 16,000 people with a total of 11 Lifelink water systems.
The northern part of Kenya is severely hit by frequent droughts and water shortages which made it a natural place for Water2Life to start up the first project. In this area, Kenyans were forced to collect dirty water from rivers and other water sources that often dried out completely during dry seasons. They walked long distances only to carry back dirty water with them, and at the same time waterborne diseases were a constant challenge - but this has changed due to Water2Life.
From 2010 to 2013 Grundfos employees collected funds through different activities, from celebrating UN World Water Day, selling cake, arranging water races, competitions, raffle dazzles, tombola, auctions, and many more activities. A common denominator for all activities was to combine fun with socialising and sustainability awareness. In that way both the colleagues and Water2Life would benefit from the initiatives.
Some of the results of Water2Life in Kenya:
- More than 16,000 people have access to clean water now
- 11 water systems have been established
- The children are given time to concentrate on their education because of a better health
- The families are given the possibility of growing crops and running a sustainable business
- The women are given more time to attend other duties than collecting water
- The local people now have to treat the clean water properly