Having a regular, dependable supply of clean water is something most of us take for granted when we turn the tap but that’s not how it is for many rural villages in Sabah.
Their quality of life is also affected as a significant amount of time is spent collecting and carrying the water from the river, which can become very low during the dry season, while the lack of water causes sanitation problems.
But since 2006 over 50 villages and more than 20,000 people in Sabah, and more to come, now enjoy the basic necessity of having clean water piped into their homes or village for daily use having benefitted from the “Clean Water For Communities” programme, a partnership between
The aim of “Clean Water For Communities” is to improve access to, and quality of, water and sanitation services in order to improve the overall productivity, safety and health of the beneficiary communities.
It begins when the international team of volunteers arrive in the village and set up their mosquito nets either in the community hall or a house donated by one of the villagers which serves as their home for the duration of the project to install the GFWS.
This is part of Raleigh’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programme and includes building toilets and tippy taps that are used to wash hands hygienically when there is no tap available.
“Coca-Cola intends to return to communities and nature an amount of water equivalent to what is used in our beverages and their production by 2020 and we are working toward water balance through diverse, locally focused community water projects and one of the ways we are doing so is by improving safe access to water and sanitation which also helps to improve local livelihoods, help communities adapt to climate change and improve water quality,” said
“Water is one of life’s most crucial necessities and we often take having immediate access to it for granted. We want these villagers to also have the convenience of having water channelled directly into their homes, which allows them more time and energy to devote to other productive activities,” added Kadri.
Coca-Cola has provided over RM1 million in funding for this project to support rural communities in Sabah to continue to project until 2018.