12 counties are set to access clean water for drinking after World Vision and Procter and Gamble partnered in efforts to reduce sickness and death in Kenya. The 50 million partnership deal is part of the P&G’ Children’s Safe Drinking Water programme has been running in Kenya for more than 10 years.
Under the programme, 4-gram P&G Purifier sachets, each capable of filtering 10 litres of contaminated water in minutes will be distributed.
Counties to benefit from the program are Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, Kajiado, Taita Taveta, Narok, Kisumu, Isiolo, Marsabit, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Baringo and Homa Bay. The partnership comes at a critical time as various regions in the country are in the middle of water rationing and drought challenges.
Under the P&G and World Vision project, 74,000 residents of the 12 counties will receive free water purifiers as well as lessons on water treatment and storage to improve sanitation and hygiene awareness.
P&G has so far delivered over 11 billion litres of clean drinking water around the world while in Kenya, they have provided almost a billion litres together with its partners. It also targets to deliver 15 billion litres by 2020 globally and expand Children’s Safe Drinking Water’s as the company’s commitment in mitigating the clean water crisis in partnership with NGOs, governments, companies and consumers.
Kenya plans to achieve a universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 as envisioned in the National Development Plan and Sustainable Development Goals.