People live in Kenya
People in Kenya don't have access to improved water sources
More than 5,000 children in Kenya die every year as a result of drinking unsafe water
Of water related deaths are in children 0-14 years
Of children drop out of school due to the lack of water
Water changes lives
Millions of Kenyan children spend hours everyday, fetching water from untreated water sources, containing dangerous water-borne diseases. Consequently, making children and their families sick, leading to more children being absent from school.
Access to clean water will help children not only attend school regularly, but it will help improve their regular hygiene and health, so that they can have a future they can smile about.
What we’re doing
In 2018 Colgate-Palmolive, in partnership with WellBoring, started the journey to provide Kenyan people with sustainable water wells. We have recently impacted over 90 000 lives across Kenya with the water wells initiative.
Each year, Colgate and WellBoring will continue to commit in building 30 water wells at schools throughout Kenya giving over 30 000 Kenyans a reason to smile.
These water wells will provide access to clean, drinkable water to over 150 000 Kenyans by the end of 2023.
The water wells have a lifespan of 10 years and will touch the lives of school children, their families and even the surrounding communities, giving them A Future To Smile About.
Bright Smiles, Bright Futures
At Colgate we are committed to providing oral health education to children across the world, because we know that good oral care behavior leads to healthier lives.
Colgate’s Bright Smiles Bright Futures program has managed to reach over 30 million children across Africa, teaching them about good oral health.
However, these children need access to clean water to successfully adopt good oral health behaviours. That is why we have partnered with WellBoring, to deliver 30 water wells each year to schools in Kenya. Ensuring that more children have access to clean water and oral care education, giving them A Future To Smile About.
“The rate of absenteeism is reduced, because children are not attending to hospitals due to stomach ache problems.”
“The borehole will help us because it is near my home. I am able to wash my utensils using clean water. My children use the water to brush their teeth, and clean themselves and they go to school well groomed having bathed with clean water.”
- Resident in the Community
“For those who brought us the water, we have to thank them. The health of our children is okay. The community members are also using this water, it has helped the whole community .”
About our Partners: WellBoring
WellBoring is a volunteer-run charity which alleviates poverty and improves school attendance by enabling schools and communities in developing countries to access water. We fund and organise the drilling of water boreholes, and the installation of pumps, pipes, and supporting infrastructure. For more information about WellBoring please visit the website on https://www.wellboring.org.
What you can do
Just like clean water, every little drop makes a difference.
To help even more to change the lives of Kenyan children, you can donate by following the steps below.
Without access to water, education is hard. Follow the link if you primary school is in need of a well and you would like to register your interest with WellBoring.
Follow the link if you would like us to add a water well to your school.
Please understand that at this stage we cannot guarantee a water well for your school.