PepsiCo help 55 million gain access to safe water
PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation have helped more than 55 million people gain access to safe water globally since 2006.
It has also catalysed nearly $700 million in additional funding to support safe water access investments in partnership with leading non-profits worldwide.
The milestone announced marks significant progress towards PepsiCo’s goal of reaching 100 million people with safe water by 2030.
The Foundation also announced today new programs to help communities recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:
- Building sanitation facilities and community water systems for dispersed rural communities with WaterAid in Colombia and Accion Contra El Hambre in Guatemala in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
- Providing microcredit loans to families in Brazil with water.org and IDB to build water infrastructure in homes.
- Working with local entrepreneurs to provide affordable, clean water to communities in Bangladesh with BRAC.
- Installing water access points and increasing hygiene education in Hyderabad, India with Safe Water Network.
- Providing affordable washing units in homes and handwashing stations in high-density areas in South Africa.
“Water is a fundamental human right, and the fact that billions of people have been left with limited access to it for decades is a problem of global importance that we must address rapidly – especially now, during the fight against COVID-19,” said Jon Banner, Executive Vice President, Global Communications; President, PepsiCo Foundation at PepsiCo.
“Since 2006, the Foundation has invested more than $53 million in safe water access programs and we’ve worked tirelessly to build infrastructure, pilot innovative solutions and attract catalytic funding from key partners.
“But our efforts cannot stop here – organisations must continue to invest in water, as safe water access, sanitation and hygiene are imperative for human health and to combat the spread of disease.”
Currently, 1 in 10 people lack access to safe drinking water and nearly 700 million people are projected to be displaced by intense water insecurity as early as 2030.
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