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 this can change. S’well and UNICEF are working together to provide access to safe, clean water to the most vulnerable children 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:
- 500,000 people gain access to safe water
- 2.5 million people gain access to basic sanitation
- 340,000 children with hygiene education at school
For World Water Day, join S’well in helping UNICEF reach more children! With a donation of $24, UNICEF can provide 5,000 water purification tablets in emergency situations, when the water supply may be easily compromised. Give the gift of water today.
The burden of fetching drinking clean water falls disproportionately on girls. Volasoa, a 17-year-old girl in Maharatsandry, Madagascar, walked more than 1 kilometer, twice a day, to collect water for her family. The long hours waiting in lines and lugging heavy containers to her home, often left little time for her to attend school. During menstruation, Volasoa would stay home from school, because with with no toilets or water for washing it was hard for her to concentrate.
With support from partners like S’well, UNICEF recently installed a water point in Volasoa’s village and permanent toilets at her school. "It feels like a 25 kg weight which I have been carrying with me for a long time has just been lifted. Now I can have time for myself, to rest, to study, to play, and I can shower as much as I want," she said.
S’well Founder and CEO, 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.