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Tanzanian water projects with People help People – One World
Drinking Water by Julien Harneis
Eden have begun a charity partnership with the not-for-profit organisation People help People – One World. The agreement to provide support for three drinking water projects in Tanzania, Africa. As the leading provider of drinking solutions for the workplace we like to set an example in helping charities and worthwhile causes, and our funding will help provide clean drinking water supply systems to three secondary schools in the Uru district of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. This will ensure that around 1,000 school children and a further 7,500 residents in the nearby communities have access to a safe drinking water supply.
“We spent a lot of time looking for the right partner and it was important that they shared our values and ‘can do’ attitude" explains Chief executive officer of Eden Springs, Raanan Zilberman. "“Our experience as shown that while charity donations are a nice gesture, many companies forget to assess the effectiveness of their giving. "We wanted to ensure our chosen partner would work efficiently and make a big difference to people’s lives through our support. People help People - One World has been established in Tanzania since 1985 and has helped to transform living conditions for hundreds of thousands of people across the country.”
Eden Springs has pledged to donate at least €30,000 each year in support of the three projects, with Eden employees at depots across Europe also raising additional funds for the charity. In Tanzania today only 55 per cent of people have access to clean drinking water and only 7 per cent of all children have access to secondary education*. In the Uru district, children and residents of the nearby villages currently have to resort to drinking dirty surface water or walking up to 10km (6 miles) in order to access clean drinking water. The partnership between Eden Springs and People help People will not only benefit the schoolchildren but also all of the communities around the schools who will have access to the water for both drinking and farming.
* Source: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/tanzania_statistics.html