Social Impact

CLEAN WATER CHANGES EVERYTHING

Forecasting is complex, with a multitude of different variables, scenarios, markets and outcomes to consider. But sometimes, the answer is clear right from the start — clean water changes everything. That’s why Viscadia teamed up with charity: water to help make a difference.

663 million people around the world live without clean water.

That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, or twice the population of the United States. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their families. This keeps children from attending school, parents from earning a living, and communities from thriving.

Giving a community access to clean water can change just about everything. It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies, and help kids spend more time in school.

Viscadia is proud to partner with charity: water, a privately-funded non-profit organization that puts 100% of our donations toward bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Since 2006, charity: water has funded more than 28,000 water projects around the world to help 8.2 million people get access to clean water, hygiene and improved sanitation.

To learn more about charity: water’s approach and completed projects, please visit their “How We Work” page.

Health

Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
43% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to clean water and basic sanitation can save around 16,000 lives every week.

Time

In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water.
Access to clean water gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school — all of which fight poverty.

Education

Clean water helps keep kids in school, especially girls.
Less time collecting water means more time in class. Clean water and proper toilets at school means teenage girls don’t have to stay home for a week out of every month.

Empowering Women

Women are responsible for 72% of the water collected in Sub-Saharan Africa.
When a community gets water, women and girls get their lives back. They start businesses, improve their homes, and take charge of their own futures.


“Clean drinking water is something many of us take for granted, but over half a billion people spend hours every day collecting unsafe water for themselves and their families. We work with charity: water to build wells that improve communities and save lives.”

– Satish K. Kauta


VISCADIA’S FUNDED PROJECTS

BANTEAY KRANG, CAMBODIA

The first well that Viscadia funded was completed in June 2013 for 50 residents of Banteay Krang, Cambodia.

Hand-dug wells are a great solution for areas with higher water tables like Cambodia. To help instill a strong sense of ownership, the community contributed their time and labor during the building process. Before this well, the community of Banteay Krang had been forced to spend hours each day collecting dirty and unsafe drinking water. Now they have improved access to clean water, sanitation and a water committee trained in promoting best hygiene practices. To view the details on this Viscadia project, click here.

FUTURE PROJECTS

Viscadia will continue to partner with charity: water and enhance its efforts to change the future of communities in need of clean water — including funding a well in India.