Through a three year partnership with Safe Water Network, PepsiCo Foundation has pledged to provide .5 million to implement safe water initiatives for village water systems in Ghana, India, and Bangladesh as well as rainwater harvesting systems in India. Each project is being pursued through a 'stage-gate' process in which pledged funding and resources are committed based on achieving project milestones each year. Projects include:
- Launching village water systems in Ghana, providing access to safe water to approximately 70,000 people over three years.
- Providing community-level safe water solutions to populations in roughly 100 villages (affecting around 65,000 people) of Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, India over three years.
- Supporting the development and launch of a micro-enterprise water kiosk model in rural Bangladesh, serving approximately 65,000 people over three years.
- Implementing rainwater harvesting systems to meet the severe water needs of roughly 25,000 people in rural Rajasthan, India.
Collectively these projects incorporate the following over a period of three years:
- Baseline Survey: Complete detailed baseline surveys to identify each community's capacity, prevalent health conditions, current water usages, and behavior change communication needs.
- Community Mobilization: In partnership with local NGOs and self-help groups, identify and mobilize communities and program leaders, promote efficient use/management of water, resolve conflicts among community members, and define ownership structures.
- Health & Hygiene Training and Education Plans: Health and hygiene messaging and materials will be developed and education plans will be implemented to promote behaviors of operators and beneficiaries while, at the same time, generating demand for broad base community participation.
- Identify and hire/train local operators: Train local personnel to operate and maintain the water systems, keep records, collect cash, and alert proper authorities of any malfunctions.
- Installations: Installations will be sequenced based on stage of planning and lessons learned from prior activities. Lessons learned from Year 1 will be incorporated in Year 2 and Year 3.
- Assessments: Conduct audits on plant operations and community use to track costs, system performance (e.g. output, downtime, etc.), and end-user/beneficiary utilization/consumption. Upon reviewing the audits, best practice recommendations will be made to improve the effectiveness of the overall program.
- Measuring Impacts: Measure health impacts of new water initiatives on the local population, including assessment of health and hygiene behaviors, health conditions, and changes in water usage by making comparisons with the baseline survey.
- Rollout Plan: Prepare a rollout plan with local partners to expand the initiative to other districts, incorporating lessons learned from the project. Additionally, develop best practice procedures that can be built into a model program to potentially be spread across other communities in need.
According to the World Health Organization, 'Some 13% of the world's population still relies on unimproved water sources (surface water from lakes, rivers, dams, or unprotected dug wells or springs) for their drinking, cooking, bathing and other domestic activities. Access to improved drinking water sources is lowest in the WHO African Region at 61%. Of the 884 million people without access to safe drinking water, 84% live in rural areas.
Poor water quality continues to pose a major threat to human health. Diarrheal disease alone amounts to an estimated 4.1 % of the total global burden of disease and is responsible for the deaths of 1.8 million people every year. It was estimated that 88% of that burden is attributable to unsafe water supply, sanitation and hygiene and is mostly concentrated on children in developing countries. A significant amount of disease could be prevented especially in developing countries through better access to safe water supply, adequate sanitation facilities and better hygiene practices.'