The need for #SafeWater for young children is vital when one takes into consideration that it is them who suffer the most from water borne diseases. Through Aqua4Life Humanity we have over the years delivered hundreds of thousands litres of clean water to those most at need.
On 10 November 2016 Rotary Safe Water, Marriott International and the Pebbles Project (who are managing the project) partnered to deliver LifeStraw Community units to the farm community of 169 adults and children on the Bellevue Wine Estate which includes the Malbekkies Crèche in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
They get their running water from the Theewaterskloof dam but the water is so contaminated that they cannot drink it. A borehole has been provided by the farmer, Dirkie Morkel, where the community get the major portion of their “clean” water. This however is not that clean and they still have to boil their water. This has necessitated that they go to the shops and buy 5L water for drinking else they only drink sodas and other unhealthy cool drinks.
Representing Marriott International was Katrin Müller, Director of Customer Relationship Management of Marriott International for Middle East & Africa who was joined by Dr Tony Davidson, coordinator of Rotary Safe Water, Marelize Buys, GM of Pebbles Project, Nico Germishuizen, MD of Aqua4Life, local residents and of course the kids who attend the crèche.
A comprehensive needs analysis of the community was done to determine the amount of water filtration required. In total, the filtration units will provide the community with 1 038 000ℓ of safe water which is the equivalent of three years water need.
The kids also drew some self portraits which were given to the team as a thank you along with a heartfelt letter.
Below are selected photos from the wonderful day.