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ACCESS TO SAFE WATER FOR IMPROVED HEALTH AND SOCIAL OUTCOMES

In western Kenya, in the Kisumu and Bondo regions along the shores of Lake Victoria, access to clean drinkable water is still a major problem for many communities who collect water from dams, lakes and ponds that are contaminated with waterborne diseases such as Diarrhea and Cholera, causing severe illness and even death. When family members get sick, it is the responsibility of the women and girls in the household to take care of them; preventing them from going to school or providing for their families economically.

Proctor and Gamble, in partnership with local NGO’s SWAP and CARE International, have developed a programme to promote the use of clean drinking water through education initiatives and the use of water purifying sachets. Meeting the local community ambassadors of these programmes, we learn about the extraordinary impact of their engagements, which have resulted in a significant decrease in water-borne diseases and signaled the return of women and girls to work and school.