Our mission is to bring clean drinking water to coffee growing communities across the world
WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Collecting water is a burden which often falls on women and young girls. Girls will follow in their mother’s footsteps and dedicate their time to collecting water for their families rather than attending school with their brothers.
HEALTH AND SANITATION
Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people each year than all forms of violence, including war.
BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITIES
Access to safe, clean water is a crucial step in breaking the poverty cycle. With a reliable water source close by, communities can invest their time in other activities such as growing healthy food, going to school or starting a small business.
Why Coffee Growing Communities?
The majority of the worlds coffee is grown in the ‘bean belt’ where access to clean water and sanitation is scarce.
The Allegra Foundation believes that the coffee industry has a responsibility to give back to coffee growing communities and is committed to increasing access to clean water and sanitation across the coffee growing world.
Where we work
UK Coffee Week is a nationwide celebration of coffee which raises valuable funds for Project Waterfall. Coffee shops across the country take part by donating 5p from the sale of each cup of coffee sold during UK Coffee Week to Project Waterfall.
Project Waterfall is currently funding two projects in Rwanda that are still in progress and are being carried out by our trusted partner, charity: water, who guarantee that 100% of the funds donated will go directly to the cause.
The projects will take up to 21 months to complete, and once finished charity: water will send us proof in pictures and GPS coordinates, so we can see the actual people and communities we impacted.
Ethiopia is one of the biggest coffee producers in the world. Despite this, over 50 million Ethiopians lack access to clean water.
Project Waterfall began working in Ethiopia in 2014, and since then has invested in 2 projects and reached 2,197 people with a sustainable source of clean water and sanitation. We will be continuing our work in Ethiopia in 2016.
Investment in water and sanitation lags well behind the estimated need and a staggering 93% of the rural population lack access to sanitation, causing over 7,000 infant deaths every year.
Project Waterfall has worked with WaterAid to support a remote community in the Mbulu district of Tanzania, bringing clean water to over 10,000 people.