ChildFund International and Davis and Shirtliff have partnered to increase access to clean water for communities in four African countries namely Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda that are most vulnerable to water scarcity.
ChildFund Regional Director for Africa Chege Ngugi said the two organizations will collaborate to deploy sustainable water solutions to provide Clean and safe water to marginalized and under-resourced communities by employing innovation and technology.
Mr. Ngugi noted that this partnership will focus on borehole installation rehabilitation, installing water storage tanks, installing electric and solar-powered Pumps, solarizing existing water pumps, water testing technologies and services, and implementation of water-related interventions in public schools.
“This partnership could not have come at a better time when many communities are reeling from the effects of climate change, manifested by frequent droughts leading to food and water insecurity. Not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic which has demonstrated the importance of adequate access to clean water in preventing diseases”. He said.
He echoed that the partnership combines Davis and Shirtliff’s technical expertise as a leading supplier of Water and energy-related solutions with ChildFund’s experience in implementing development programs in marginalized and under-resourced communities, to address water scarcity due to physical shortage, irregular supply, or a lack of adequate infrastructure.
“Through this partnership, we intend to solve the water crisis by leveraging technology to empower communities living in arid and semi-arid areas with sustainable water Solutions”. He added.
The Regional Director said, according to the United Nations UN World Water Development Report 2019, on a global scale, half of the people who drink water from unsafe sources live in Africa, while in Sub-Saharan Africa, only 24% of the populations have access to safe drinking water, which is why UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 6 is urging nations to ensure that water is clean, Accessible, reused, recycled and protected.
And Davis and Shirtliff Managing Director Davis Edward added that this partnership will enable his group to make water affordable and accessible to more people, no matter where they live as their goal is to achieve real impact on people, the Communities they live in, the society, and ultimately our planet to preserve it for future Generation.