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At Volvic, we believe clean water, sanitation and good hygiene are vital for children to grow up happy and healthy. That's why, for over 15 years, we've supported UNICEF to provide communities in three African countries with access to sanitation for better lives.
We're committed to helping improve the lives of those who need it most and since our partnership with UNICEF began, we have reached over 700,000 children and families through the installation of hundreds of clean water and sanitation points in health centers and schools in Ethiopia, Niger and Madagascar.
"Since the arrival of the water filtration devices, absenteeism has decreased significantly and students are always healthy." - Jeanne Hantanirina, Director of Manonbo I school.
Every child should have the opportunity to go to school and thrive, but 81% of schools in Madagascar have no access to clean water.
Since 2019, we have supported UNICEF's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme in Madagascar, aimed at providing clean water and hygiene education to children and families across the island
In the first quarter of 2022, the WASH Programme provided 15,000 children with clean water, which included installing clean water points and handwashing stations in 19 schools and creating 50 drinkable water stations among the communities.
By supplying clean and reliable water facilities to Malagasy children, the students reached by this programme can spend more time learning and playing with their classmates. Indeed, children can now go to school and play as they no longer bear the burden of water collection.
"As we have more healthy water ourselves, we are healthier and can take better care of our patients" - Dr. Jean Fidson Mandela Kambalahy, Chief of Manombo south health centre.
Clean water is essential for living a healthier and more fulfilling life, but only 17% of people in Madagascar have access to basic sanitation facilities.
Since the beginning of 2022, Volvic’s support has helped install clean water facilities in 19 schools and 2 health centers which bring sanitary facilities to over 33,500 people in the country.
With our support to the WASH Programme, health centers are able to provide local communities with crucial access to medical care and clean water points. Health workers work alongside UNICEF’s team to teach their patients the importance of good hygiene, sanitation and regular hand washing practices, to ensure healthier lives.
"Since the arrival of these infrastructures, the school life has changed" - Jeanne Hantanirina, Director of Manonbo I school.
Children all over the world love to play, it’s how they communicate and learn alongside each other. However, children in Madagascar walk an average of 3 km every day to fetch water from the river in the dry season and from the traditional uncovered wells in the rainy season. This means they miss school and playtime since their parents need them to fetch water, help with farming, or herd cattle.
Our support to UNICEF’s WASH Programme in Madagascar means that over 50 water stations in local communities have been built or rehabilitated since the beginning of 2022. This has helped to bring clean water right to the core of communities where children live, allowing children more time to play and be healthier, safer and happier knowing that clean water is never far away.
Since 2006, we have been acting to support access to safe drinking water, health and hygiene, and since then, the partnership has helped to support to more than 700 000 children and adults in Ethiopia, Niger and Madagascar.
We know that health starts with access to clean water.
Click here to donate to UNICEF.