The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program started as a non-profit initiative in 2004. Through a diverse network of more than 150 partners, CSDW helps provide clean drinking water using the P&G Purifier of Water packets and helps raise awareness of the water crisis. Simply providing clean, drinkable water can reduce the risk of disease and death by about 50 percent. The power of clean water can keep children healthy so they can attend school, which enables economic opportunities and the chance for families to build a better life.
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Since the program began in 2004, P&G has provided more than 13 billion liters of clean water, which has helped to prevent millions of days of illness and save thousands of lives. [Estimated]
Nearly 1 billion people around the world do not have clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by drinking contaminated water is still a leading cause of illness and death among infants and children in the developing world. The lack of clean drinking water causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.
The lack of clean drinking water causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.
The lack of clean water also contributes to many challenges in a community. Children frequently miss school from waterborne illnesses and parents struggle to provide for their families. Women and girls are especially affected as they disproportionately bear the burden for managing household water needs. Many walk kilometers each day to collect contaminated water, and they are often responsible for taking care of sick family members. This prevents many girls from attending school and getting an education that would allow them to have a brighter future.
The P&G Purifier of Water technology enables people anywhere in the world to purify dirty water in a simple, affordable and convenient way. A 4-gram packet, invented by P&G scientists in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, can transform dirty water to clean, drinkable water in only 30 minutes with just a bucket, a spoon and a cloth.
How We Work
P&G manufactures the P&G Purifier of Water packets and distributes them with the help of our non-profit partners around the world. These organizations provide packets to rural areas where communities lack access to clean drinking water, and in times of natural disaster or other emergencies.
P&G continues to support the CSDW Program with technical expertise, financial investment, human resources, and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for production of the P&G Purifier of Water packets. P&G is committed to fighting the clean water crisis in partnership with NGOs, governments, companies and consumers, with the goal of delivering 15 billion liters of clean drinking water by 2020.
Since 2004, the CSDW Program has provided P&G Purifier of Water packets in more than 90 countries across the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
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Our partners are a vital part of the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. P&G works with more than 150 organizations to build awareness of the water crisis and provide clean water to families in need. Our largest global implementing partners include: CARE, ChildFund, PSI, Save the Children, and World Vision.
The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has been recognized around the world for its technical innovation and humanitarian efforts.