Clean and safe drinking water
United Nations state that access to safe drinking water is a fundamental human right yet more than 2 billion people in developing countries, and other parts of the world only have access to unsafe water sources. Combined with poor sanitation and hygiene it is the root cause of one of the world’s biggest health challenges.
It is one of “Moins Fortunes” goals to help the children and their parents to have safe drinking water since unsafe drinking water increases the risk of transmission and outbreaks of diarrheal diseases which in the worst case leads to death. Over 80% of diarrheal deaths attributed to unsafe drinking water occur in the developing world.
Each year more than 500.000 children die from diarrheal diseases – this is more than HIV, Malaria, and Tuberculosis combined, it makes it the second leading cause of death among children under the age of 5 worldwide. Yet, only 1 out of 3 households are purifying their unsafe drinking water, where boiling over firewood or charcoal (Destroying forests, and adding carbon to the climate challenge as well) is the most commonly used method. The process is very time-consuming, emits a lot of CO2, impacts health through indoor air pollution, and leads to deforestation.
The tiresome work of water and firewood collection is predominantly done by children and women. which takes time away from attending school or working to support the family’s income. Now with Sawa, some of that time can be saved and used by the children to attend school.
SaWa (short for Safe Water) is a well-proven Danish invention based on the WHO-endorsed SODIS (short for SOlar DISinfection) process to purify microbial contaminated water for drinking. The traditional SODIS process by PET bottles works by harnessing UV-A rays and heat from the sun. SaWa has improved this method by also harnessing UV-B rays, which in combination with the UV-A and heat significantly reduces the purification time and improves the killing of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa to a performance of a minimum of 99.9%
SaWa has been developed in collaboration with women living in a refugee settlement in Uganda. The size, capacity, features and working processes are carefully designed to fit the daily lives and needs of low-income, rural communities.
Moins Fortunes can now deliver this bag to partners, communities, and others in Northern Tanzania, in agreement with the manufacturer. Within the next few days, you will be able to get the bag through us, and you will also be able to donate an amount through our causes for us to supply these SaWa bags to communities and families that are in need of them.