People and technology are a powerful force to address social and environmental challenges. For nonprofit organizations, unlocking this potential to achieve greater impact is a key task. I am incredibly proud and honored to be a co-founder of “Safe Water Gardens”. To help build this organization is not an obligation, but a privilege.
Safe Water Gardens
Using digital technology to fight the world sanitation crisis together
Sanitation saves lives, but billions of people live without access to even the most basic sanitation services. Globally, 61% of the population (4.5 billion people) lack “safely managed sanitation” – meaning access to a toilet or latrine that leads to treatment or safe disposal of human waste.*
In Indonesia alone, where the “Safe Water Gardens” project originates, 370 children under the age of 5 die from contact with contaminated water every day.**
Sanitation prevents the spread of disease, promotes human dignity and has a positive impact on the environment. “The right to water and sanitation is foundational to several sustainable development goals,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.
* WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program 2017
** UNICEF report Oct 2016
About Safe Water Gardens
The “Safe Water Gardens” project was brought to life by a coalition of educators, concerned citizens, and business partners. Our vision is to provide a safe and affordable sanitation system for every home in rural areas worldwide.We use digitalization features to connect people around the globe who are adapting the system to their region and needs. Together we will build 100 million Safe Water Gardens.