When Purdys first launched the Clean Water Project, we hoped to raise enough funds for 35 LifeStraw Community water filters.
Just one of those filters provides safe, clean drinking water for about 60 children for three whole years so we knew that 35 LifeStraw Community water filters would have a significant impact in our cocoa-growing communities.
But your enthusiasm and support for the Clean Water Project saw us smashing that goal of 35 water filters.
Thank you again for your incredible help in making safe, clean drinking water possible in rural cocoa-growing communities.
In the end, we raised enough funds for 63 filters. That's 28 more filters than we had as our initial goal.
Those filters are now on their way to schools and medical centres in cocoa-growing communities in Ivory Coast that are part of our Sustainable Cocoa Program.
Our on-the-ground partners there will work with local community leaders to distribute the filters and provide training on their use and care plus important WASH (water, health and hygiene) training for teachers and students.
Our Sustainable Cocoa Program itself continues to support programs that build schools, dig water wells and provide medication in these cocoa-growing communities as well as training for cocoa farmers, seeds for them to grow healthier, more productive crops and give them the resources they need to improve their and their family's livelihoods.
In a couple of months, we'll have an update on the Clean Water Project that I can't wait to share with you.
Peter Higgins, President & Chocolate Scientist at Purdys Chocolatier