How Sharp and Skywell are Helping Charity:Water Create Safe Water
Sharp Europe has donated £7,500 to charity: water to fund a clean water project in Ethiopia. Our donation will pay for a hand pump to be built by local people in a community, creating a new source of safe water.
663 million people in the world live without clean water. That figure equates to 1 in 10 people worldwide, or twice the population of the United States. It’s a staggering number, made worse when you consider that the majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family.
Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.
The charity has a simple but profound philosophy: to provide access to clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Since 2006, charity: water has built a global community of over 1 million supporters around the world, many of whom call the UK their home. To date, it has completed 38,113 water projects for 9.6 million people around the world.
charity: water works with local experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution for the location in which it is working. Solutions range from a simple well, through to a fully piped system, a BioSand Filter, or even a far-reaching system for harvesting rainwater.
Along with providing essential water solutions, the charity and its partners also coordinate sanitation and hygiene training, as well as establish a local Water Committee to help keep water flowing for years to come.
By providing clean water, the charity not only reduces disease, but also gives communities back the time they would have spent travelling to fetch water, time they can use to grow food, earn an income, and go to school – all of which help fight poverty.
charity: water is a transparent charity, with 100% of donations going directly to the projects it works with. What’s more, all staff and administration costs are funded separately. We will share project reports about the project we have funded over the next 21 months.
For more information about all charity: water projects explore their searchable map.
Rachel Dean, Product Business Manager, Sharp Europe, said: “We’re pleased to be able to make our first donation to charity: water to celebrate launching Skywell. Skywell is a special product that creates water in a new way, it automatically got us thinking about our privilege in having so much choice about where to get our water. We look forward to being able to share updates about the hand pump in Ethiopia as the project gets underway.”
Skywell features revolutionary technology to turn the surrounding air into fresh, clean drinking water, with no plumbing required. Unlike a water cooler, you won’t need to place it near a door for easy access for swapping over bulky water bottles.
As it draws air, purifies it and turns it into fresh drinking water, you won’t need to worry about plumbing the Skywell unit into your office water supply. However, you can also connect Skywell to the mains supply if you prefer to add a back-up water source to the unit.
It comes with a built-in monitoring system that continually checks the quality of the water being produced, so you know it’s always of the highest quality, and fresh to the tap. What’s more, it serves both cold and hot water - for teas and coffees - at the touch of a button.
As an alternative to traditional bottle-fed water coolers or plastic bottles, Skywell removes the need for water deliveries or single-use bottles, so can help to reduce a business’ environmental impact.
Sharp is the first distributor of the Skywell water generator in Europe. If you would like to know more about Skywell atmospheric water generators and how ‘air water’ can become an essential part of your office, Get In Touch to arrange a demonstration.
European PR Manager