Published on
22 March 2023

The United Nations Sustainable Goal (SDG) #6 commits to ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030, but more efforts need to be made if this goal is to be achieved.

On March 22nd, World Water Day, let us remember the 2 billion people who lack access to safe drinking water and the innumerable impacts this has on their lives, from suffering from waterborne illnesses to travelling long distances each day to collect water from safe sources, preventing themfrom having meaningful and productive activities and being subject to various hazards such as snake bites, rape, etc.

Water and sanitation is one of the Foundation’s key areas of action and it has helped to bring clean water to hundreds of communities over the years. For instance, in 2021 we collaborated with the organization Bénin Enfants Sains to install two fountains that provide drinking water to the rural villages of Folly-Condji and Allowa in the West African country of Bénin.
These fountains have had a significant impact on improving the health of 4,000 people, especially children who are particularly at risk of waterborne illnesses that can cause death.
In addition to the installation of the fountains, this $13,300 project also included the training of local women to manage the fountains and to act to prevent waterborne diseases. They are continuing to transmit their knowledge, thus making for a healthier village.

In this way, the Foundation’s projects are contributing to making SDG #6 a reality and we can all do our part by saving water, caring for our waterways and wetlands and avoiding the consumption of bottled water when possible.

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