ADRA and Grundfos Partner to Bring Safe, Sustainable Water Access to 1.5 Million People
- Partnership to deliver safe water to 1.5 million people in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, and the South Pacific, over the next five years
- Innovative water supply technology will improve access to water and hygiene resources in underserved peri-urban communities
- Solar-powered water kiosks will generate income for entrepreneurs and create jobs
SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (June 23, 2017)—The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International today announced a new partnership with global water technology leader Grundfos in an initiative that will provide access to clean water to 1.5 million people in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and South Pacific over the next five years.
The partnership aims to improve and save lives by using renewable energy and water innovation technologies to provide more efficient and sustainable water access than more traditional methods. As part of this latest effort, several upcoming projects will start using Grundfos products, including single solar panel-powered water pumps to replace hand pumps and automated water dispensers, similar to ATM machines, which dispense water at the swipe of a pre-charged card. Water projects will focus on underserved populations, in particular those in peri-urban communities.
“Giving people access to safe water is a key part of the growth and development of any community. At Grundfos, we are dedicated to improving how people access water and ensuring that the supply remains sustainable for years to come. With a trusted global partner like ADRA, we are certain that our combined efforts will create new opportunities and foster greater prosperity among many vulnerable people,” said Kim Nøhr Skibsted, Grundfos’ Group Vice President, Communication, Public Affairs & Engagement and member of Grundfos Group Management.
Utilizing Grundfos’ solar-power technology, ADRA has created an innovative water kiosk model where customers can get clean water, purchase hygiene supplies and other basic household items from a menu, connect to Wi-Fi, and learn more about various hygiene topics through videos displayed on digital screens at the front of the kiosks. These kiosks will not only provide services to the community, but also generate revenue for the entrepreneurs who will own them, as well as create jobs.
ADRA plans to install the first of these water kiosks in southwestern Haiti this summer, providing greater access to water for communities still recovering from Hurricane Matthew’s devastation. Water kiosks are also planned for 2017 in Mozambique, recently hit by an El Niño-induced drought, and Nepal where safe water access is still needed in areas affected by the country’s devastating 2015 earthquake.
The ADRA-Grundfos partnership is part of a larger 5-year campaign to bring water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions to 10 million vulnerable people worldwide. The campaign will focus on the ways that better water solutions can lead to better lives through improved dignity, health, livelihoods, education, and nutrition.
“Grundfos is the global leader in supplying water pumps and using renewable energy to provide water, and their reputation for quality and innovation is well known. As ADRA looks to make a substantial impact in the lives of millions of people through clean water access over the next five years, we are proud to work alongside Grundfos to support so many families on their journey to greater prosperity,” said Jonathan Duffy, president of ADRA International.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International is the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.