Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1,5 million each year – are due to diarrhoea. As climate change and widespread drought conditions affect larger and larger areas, access to water becomes an ever-decreasing resource and the need for clean drinking water becomes an increasingly desperate need throughout Africa, especially for nomadic tribes whose only source of water is often a muddy, dung-infested waterhole.
The Kingsley Holgate Foundation’s water purification campaign, which supports communities in deeply rural areas that have unsafe, contaminated drinking water, continues to save and improve lives.
Provided by Vestergaard, LifeStraw® water filters remove 99.9% of waterborne parasites and prevent people from succumbing to diarrhoea and other diseases such as dysentery and cholera. The individual LifeStraw® units filter 1,000 litres of contaminated water, providing enough safe drinking water for one person for one year, and the family-sized units each filter up to 35,000 litres of water.
To date, the Kingsley Holgate Foundation has distributed over 35,000 individual LifeStraw units and family-size units, providing an estimated 43 million litres of clean drinking water to communities most in need.
Our efforts to provide clean drinking water to people in Africa goes further; in 2019 after Cyclone Idai devastated central Mozambique, we delivered 50,000 water purification sachets and 40 x 20litre drums of filtered water, providing one million litres of clean drinking water to 30,000 victims of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique to alleviate the spread of cholera and other water-borne diseases
Also, through our Early Childhood Development humanitarian work, we also provide water tanks to needy rural creches in northern KwaZulu-Natal and facilitated 2,5Km of piping for a community waterline. These now provide clean, borehole-supplied drinking water to an estimated 2,500 rural people every day.