UNICEF and S’well
At S’well, we understand the growing challenges facing the world’s children -- from climate change and natural disasters to violence and gender inequality. Nearly 800 children still die every day due to unsafe drinking water and by 2040, 1 in 4 children will live in areas of extreme water stress. For too many girls and women, water is a lifelong burden. Collectively they spend about 200 million hours a day gathering water, which is precious time spent away from school and learning.
But change is possible. That’s why S’well committed $1.6 million in support of UNICEF’s work to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene to the most vulnerable communities around the world.
Through a commitment of more than $1.4 million since 2017, S’well is supporting UNICEF’s water programs in Madagascar, a country where nearly 50% of the population still lack access to clean water. These critical funds are supporting UNICEF to improve access to sustainable water sources, promote safe hygiene practices in schools, and help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.
By joining UNICEF in providing access to safe water, we are helping build a brighter future for children in Madagascar. Since 2015, support from partners like S’well, UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program in Madagascar has helped:
- 750,000 people gain access to safe water
- 3 million people gain access to basic sanitation
- 470,000 children with hygiene education at school
With support from partners like S’well, UNICEF is making a direct impact on people like Ravolabe, a mother of five children, who lives in one of the 19 community water points supplied by the new Ampotaka pipeline. Like most living in her area, she previously had to walk up to 20 km (nearly a half marathon) to find water or she was forced to purchase water from a local source. Since the pipeline was inaugurated in June 2019, Ravolabe has traded in her long walks to fetch water for time with her children and family, household tasks, and even leisure activities.
Meet Ambohijoky Primary School
In communities throughout Madagascar, UNICEF is helping promote handwashing and raise awareness of the significant role it plays in child survival and overall community health. With support from partners like S’well, UNICEF is helping provide handwashing education to students like those at Ambohijoky Primary School in Madagascar, here they are singing special a handwashing song, showing on how proud they are to have clean hands!
S’well Founder and Chairwoman Sarah Kauss shares her thoughts on why creating a community that extends well beyond the brand is important:
“We’re a company that leads with our hearts and seeks to create impact. Giving back isn’t just a nice thing to do — it’s a requirement. Through our actions, we are committed to creating positive change in the world”
To support UNICEF’s efforts around the world, please visit UNICEF USA.