How we can end the water crisis
The water crisis is solvable.
We have both the technology and knowledge to develop solutions that will bring clean drinking water to every single person on earth.
The effects of the water crisis
In coffee-growing communities where the water crisis is most felt, collecting water is a woman’s job.
Today, women around the world will spend a total of 200 million hours collecting water. Tomorrow it will be another 200 million hours.
Some women and young girls can spend up to 8 hours walking, and waiting in line, for water. Water which is often dirty and unusable.
All of this affects both their health and education.
We are delighted to announce our partnership with The Coffee Shop Innovation Expo, which will take place from the 25th – 26th of September at ExCel London.
FUNDS RAISED FOR PROJECT WATERFALL EXCEED £1 MILLION MILESTONE!
Since its inception in 2010, Project Waterfall has donated the valuable funds raised through initiative such as UK Coffee Week, The London Coffee Festival and The Coffee Music Project to projects across seven different countries, changing the lives of over 32,000 people in coffee growing communities.
When we visited Uganda in May one of our first stops was with pupils at Rwenthuuha and Kikoda Primary Schools. We discussed the changes that they had seen since new toilet blocks and water tanks had been installed. The students, especially the young girls, were eager to tell us something very important, “I’m not afraid.”
Did you know that there are currently more people with mobile phones that those with access to a working, hygienic toilet? This World Toilet Day we are celebrating the unsung hero, the loo, and turning our attention to some 2.3 billion people who currently live without one. That figure is three times the population of Europe.
We are proud to announce that one of the projects we have been working on in the Rulindo district of Rwanda has now been completed! We’re so pleased to see that the time and effort invested by our partners, charity: water, will have an incredible impact on the lives of 2,378 people. This project was made possible by the funds raised from The New York Coffee Festival 2015.
The water crisis is one of the most critical issues facing the world today. Bringing clean drinking water into communities is an essential step in breaking the poverty cycle, but creating solutions that last can be challenging without the right local partner. This month we are celebrating the local heroes who work day in and day out to make lasting change possible in their communities.
Receiving an education is one of the most valuable things we can gain in life, but equally as important is being healthy enough to go out and get it. The funding of water facilities and hygiene programmes within schools can make a significant impact to both students and their wider communities. In 2017, Project Waterfall contributed to funding the final year of a five-year WASH programme spanning Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.
Located in East Africa, Uganda has a population of over 40 million people. Northern Uganda is still recovering from 2 decades of civil war where more than 1.6 million people were internally displaced, many of whom remain far from their homes today.
The current president, Yoweri Museveni, has been credited with restoring relative stability and economic prosperity to Uganda following the civil war, however there is still a long way to go before the country reaches its full potential.
The New York Coffee festival returned to the 69th Regiment Armory in NYC from September 16-18th. Now in it's second year, the event saw thousands of coffee lovers from New York City and beyond all gathered for three days of pure caffeination.
50% of ticket sales were donated to Project Waterfall to bring clean drinking water to coffee growing communities. A total of over $75,000 was raised across the three days which in partnership with charity: water will bring clean drinking water to entire communities in the coffee growing country of Rwanda.
1. Conserve water in any way you can: The less water we use on a day to day basis, the less water we are draining from our local water sources. Take shorter showers, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, wait to use the dishwasher until you have a full load – anything that avoids potentially wasteful water usage.