Through the sale of the refillable water bottles, we will donate part of our profits to support water projects in developing countries that provide clean and safe drinking water.
charity: water (2011 and 2012)
For 2011 and 2012, the mywaterbottle campaign will support charity: water, an international non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. charity: water works with more than 20 implementing water partners in 16 countries on water projects such as hand-dug wells, drilled wells, rehabilitations, spring protections, rainwater catchments and BioSand filters.
We will donate S$1 for each water bottle sold, and will give the total sum of money to charity: water at the end of the year.
For 2010, the mywaterbottle campaign supported Naqua, a project initiated by a team of students from the Singapore Management University-Initiatives for Social Enterprise (SMU-ISE).
We sold several water bottles in 2010 and donated 100% of the profits, S$960, to Naqua.
Naqua aims to alleviate the problem of unsafe drinking water within rural communities in Nepal. Over 6 million people in Nepal do not have access to safe drinking water. The situation is worse in the southern Terai region where more than 1.4 million people are affected by the high incidence of arsenic contamination in the groundwater.
The chronic health effects of arsenic poisoning develop after a long term exposure of low levels of arsenic concentrations via drinking water and/or food, resulting in dermal diseases such as melanosis (dark and light spots on the skin) and keratosis (hardening of skin on hands and feet); vascular diseases; birth defects; low IQ; cancer of lung, kidney, skin, and others.
- Install water filter systems (Kanchan Arsenic Filter) in schools to provide school children with immediate access to clean water sources
- Conduct workshops for students and their families about the risk of drinking from untreated sources, and various household water treatment techniques
- Promote the sales of household water filter system from the Nepali Red Cross Society
The filters will only be constructed in the school if at least 85% of the students’ families agree to the payment of 5 rupees per month. The money collected will partly be channeled back to the school, and will partly be for the construction of filters in other schools.
Naqua aims to introduce the model in 18 schools in Nepal, which have already been identified. The social impact that will be achieved includes: providing safe drinking water to 10,300 school children and; educating 900 families on home based water treatment solutions.
Visit the Naqua website for more info.