22 January 2020

We support Viva con Agua

Finally drinking water.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Water is life.
We celebrate the drinking water.
Our first water well.

Water is the elementary basis for all life in this world and a human right since 2010. Nevertheless, millions of people have no access to clean water. The initiative Viva con Agua (VcA) is committed to sustainable water projects of "Welthungerhilfe", which give people in many different countries access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Since this year we support VcA and are glad about this new partnership.

Wash your hands, please.
Worldwide, 582 million people (source: WHO 2017) live without access to clean drinking water and over 2.5 billion people without adequate basic sanitation. 80 percent of diseases in developing countries are due to inadequate or polluted water supplies. Every day, around one thousand children under the age of five die of diarrhoeal diseases. Every year, diarrhoeal diseases cause 5 billion cancelled working days and 440 million cancelled school days, that makes the economic damage enormous. Washing hands is the most effective individual protection against diarrhoeal diseases, because regular hand washing with soap reduce the infection rate by 40 percent.

In order to counteract the inadequate basic sanitation, so-called "WASH projects" have been set up. WASH stands for WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene. These projects represent an important sector in global development cooperation.

Who is viva con Agua?
VcA is an initiative committed to the supply of drinking water in developing countries. Their vision "Water for all. All for water." fits perfectly with Hawle's vision "Clean drinking water means life. Life means commitment. That's why we provide the most reliable connections for drinking water supply around the world". It was obvious for us to support this international network with more than 10,000 volunteer supporters with long-term donations.

Viva con Agua Austria is financing WASH projects at schools in Malawi since 2013. The partner schools in Malawi welcome between 700 and 1,400 pupils. At the beginning of the project there was no or insufficient water supply and sanitation. In coordination with the school management and the local community, Viva con Agua is building a safe drinking water supply, simple toilets and so-called changing rooms for menstruating women and girls at the schools to enable participation in school life even during their periods. The wells not only serve drinking water for teachers and pupils, but also for the surrounding communities. In the last 15 years, three million people worldwide have gained access to clean drinking water for the first time through Viva con Agua.

Why do we donate?
It is Hawle's concern not only to make a significant contribution to the worldwide drinking water supply with its products, but also to make targeted and meaningful donation. With Viva con Agua we have found a non-profit organisation that successfully implements sustainable measures in the field of drinking water supply.

We are very happy about this new partnership and even more about successfully implemented projects!

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