SUMMARY

The lack of safe drinking water is an urgent challenge in many communities causing sickness, missed days at school for millions of children and lost working days for adults all over the world. Several solutions exist to provide drinking water to these communities. These are however met with challenges, especially in low income communities located in remote rural areas. Many of these traditional solutions such as boreholes, filter solutions and chlorine are not sustainable due to high investment and operational costs. In an effort to reach more households in these communities, we have kicked off government projects that are set to roll out in Tanzania and Uganda; who respectively have an estimated 40% and 25% populations still lacks access to safe drinking water. 

 

 

THE SOLUTION

The SaWa Bag serves as an entry point for health and hygiene promotion and education. Most importantly, it will provide the local communities with a simple method that can be applied at home. The solution does not require literacy and is therefore suitable for contexts with varying levels of education. Particularly, the aim is to enable women to engage in other productive activities, improving family wellbeing. Safe drinking water will also positively impact the health of children and increase their studying capacity, whereas they would be spending longer hours and energy fetching water. 

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

We are partnering with the national governments in Tanzania and Uganda to deploy the Safe Water for Schools project; which introduces sustainable, non-invasive means to acquire clean water for households through school children. In cooperation with our partners (Governments and Implementation Partners) we will identify areas where access to safe drinking water is most challenging. We will select schools in these areas and train teachers based on a curriculum developed in collaboration with Ministries of Education. The school students will be educated on the usage and benefits of the SaWa Bag, take this knowledge and the SaWa solution back to their households as change agents, supported by the program.

GOVERNMENT PROJECT - TANZANIA

In Tanzania, an estimated 11 million households with school going children are without safe drinking water. Hence, The Ministry of Water in Tanzania, together with 4 Life Solutions, is proud to be the first country in Sub Saharan Africa pioneering a country wide roll-out of safe drinking water to all families with children. The Ministry has identified a unique innovation from 4Life Solutions, the SaWa Bag, which is creating safe and affordable drinking water using just the power of the sun. 

Most of Tanzania has 280 days with more than four hours of sunshine, which is one of the reasons why this safe and climate friendly solution is ideal to bring safe drinking water to families with children in communities throughout the country. In close collaboration with the Ministry of Water, 4 Life Solutions now invites national as well as international companies and organisations to discuss partnerships on funding, manufacturing, and distribution.  

 

The goal is to bring the SaWa Bags to families with children living in the most water challenged areas of the country over the next two years, and then – as funding becomes available – to expand the program to 11 million families with children throughout Tanzania. 

 

On the signing of the agreement with 4 Life Solutions, the Honourable Minister of Water, Jumaa Hamidu Aweso said: 

 

“We are eager to support our school children and their families with safe drinking water. The Sawa Bag is a unique, sustainable solution, which can help us achieve this goal. It is my hope that we with the right corporate partners can get the Sawa Bag to all families with children in all parts of Tanzania.”

GOVERNMENT PROJECT - UGANDA

In Tanzania, an estimated 11 million households with school going children are without safe drinking water. Hence, The Ministry of Water in Tanzania, together with 4 Life Solutions, is proud to be the first country in Sub Saharan Africa pioneering a country wide roll-out of safe drinking water to all families with children. The Ministry has identified a unique innovation from 4Life Solutions, the SaWa Bag, which is creating safe and affordable drinking water using just the power of the sun. 

Most of Tanzania has 280 days with more than four hours of sunshine, which is one of the reasons why this safe and climate friendly solution is ideal to bring safe drinking water to families with children in communities throughout the country. In close collaboration with the Ministry of Water, 4 Life Solutions now invites national as well as international companies and organisations to discuss partnerships on funding, manufacturing, and distribution.  

 

The goal is to bring the SaWa Bags to families with children living in the most water challenged areas of the country over the next two years, and then – as funding becomes available – to expand the program to 11 million families with children throughout Tanzania. 

 

On the signing of the agreement with 4 Life Solutions, the Honourable Minister of Water, Jumaa Hamidu Aweso said: 

 

“We are eager to support our school children and their families with safe drinking water. The Sawa Bag is a unique, sustainable solution, which can help us achieve this goal. It is my hope that we with the right corporate partners can get the Sawa Bag to all families with children in all parts of Tanzania.”