In Ivory Coast, over 4 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources, especially in rural areas (source: Unicef).
But you can make clean, safe drinking water possible.
$2 from the sale of each Clean Water Project chocolate bar goes towards raising funds for 35 LifeStraw Community water filters in our cocoa-growing communities. Read an update about the project. Just one single LifeStraw Community filter provides safe, clean drinking water for about 60 children for three whole years.MAKE CLEAN WATER POSSIBLE
LIFESTRAW COMMUNITY FILTERS
LifeStraw Community filters, made by Swiss company Vestergaard Frandsen, are award-winning devices that are easy to use and provide clean, safe drinking water without the use of any chemicals, electricity or other special treatments.
These filters remove 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoan (disease-causing) parasites—which means that fewer children miss school because of illness from dirty water or because they must fetch water from places that aren’t easily accessible.
MORE THAN JUST FILTERS
Working with our cocoa-growing communities in Ivory Coast to provide clean water and basic health services is a critical part of the Clean Water Project. Our partners on-the-ground in Ivory Coast have met with community leaders there to identify needs and opportunities.
Based on feedback from our farmer partners in Ivory Coast, the Clean Water Project includes training on the proper use and care of the LifeStraw water filters and WASH (water, health and hygiene) training for teachers and students.
Coupled with LifeStraw water filters, this all provides an immediate solution to the current clean water access problems for school children while instilling good health and hygiene habits at an early age.
WHY FILTERS INSTEAD OF WELLS
LifeStraw Community water filters have an immediate impact on a community’s access to clean, safe drinking water.
Many communities’ source of water is unfiltered groundwater from rivers, streams and lakes rather than wells or boreholes. Unfiltered water can contain bacteria and other contaminants that can cause illness and disease.
Which is why the Clean Water Project is specifically focused on raising funds for LifeStraw Community filters to be distributed in cocoa-growing co-ops that are part of the Purdys Sustainable Cocoa Program.
Our Sustainable Cocoa Program itself continues to support programs that build schools, dig water wells and provide medication in these cocoa-growing communities.