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In 2022, the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation launched a year-long partnership with the international nonprofit WaterAid, empowering women in the town of Budhni, India, to make sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) a reality. More information.

PepsiCo Foundation in partnership with WaterAid India has initiated the ‘Access to Safe Water’ project in West Bengal, providing clean water access to high-water-risk communities in the districts of Purba Bardhaman, Bankura, and Hooghly. The project will positively impact the health, security, and hygiene of local residents. More information.

WaterAid and The VF Foundation announce the launch of a year-long program to reach more than 85,000 people with access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in Cambodia. In Cambodia, one in four people don't have access to clean drinking water and half don't have access to a toilet, disproportionately affecting women, girls, and people living with disabilities. With the support of The VF Foundation’s $250,000 grant, WaterAid will improve access to clean water in Cambodia’s Kandal Province by working directly with local governments and community members. More information.

WaterAid and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announce the launch of a two-year program to reach more than 12,000 people with access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in Ghana. With a $900,000 grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, WaterAid will support the government of Ghana by responding to operational gaps in water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in the Bongo District, improving water coverage in three healthcare facilities, local schools and communities. Through this program, WaterAid will directly reach 12,000 people with access to safe water and decent toilets in healthcare facilities and schools, and indirectly reach 185,000 people nationally with hygiene messaging. This grant will strengthen essential infrastructure in the region and put local systems in place to maintain and scale progress. More information.

On World Patient Safety Day, WaterAid and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announce the launch of a three-year program to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene in health centers, reaching 750,000 people across Zambia. With a $6.9 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, WaterAid will construct clean water infrastructure for health centers in Monze, Kazungula, Mwandi and Sesheke districts. The work will focus on maternal and child health, improving the safety and dignity of frontline health staff and patients and reducing hygiene-related diseases. By 2023, 60 health centers will have running water, handwashing stations, waste disposal equipment and toilets and showers in maternity wards. More information.

With safe water access a critical component of the holistic water stewardship agenda, The PepsiCo Foundation is launching a new $1 million program with leading NGO and long-term partner WaterAid to bring safe water to families in Sub-Saharan Africa – expanding its 15-year, more than $53 million safe water access initiative that reaches over 20 countries and has helped more than 59 million people since 2006. More information.

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Rafiat (12) carries water in a bucket on her as she walks back home after collecting water from the stream in Kissa community, Kwaja village, Adamawa, Nigeria.
WaterAid/Etinosa Yvonne