Aqua4Life rolls out LifeStraw Community Project in Hluhluwe
This month saw Aqua4Life, the official distributors of LifeStraw® in Southern Africa, in partnership with Protea Hotel and Rotary, deliver life saving water filters to schools and clinics in the Kwa-Zulu Natal rural town of Hluhluwe. Mayor Katherine Gumede was also present at the proceedings.
The groundbreaking, chemical free, micro-filtration LifeStraw® system provides clean, safe drinking water free from bacteria, viruses and microscopic parasites. Water related diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and worms are estimated to cause 3.4 million deaths in the world each year.
Safe, non-contaminated drinking water is especially important for vulnerable groups, such as children under five, pregnant women and people living with HIV. Nowhere is this more clear that Hluhluwe.
“We did not know about these filters until now. I hope they will keep the children at our schools healthy so that they can perform well in class.” says Mayor Gumede.
Access to clean water reduces school absenteeism because it prevents learners from getting waterborne diseases.
Sister Precious Gumede commented that she was very grateful for her clinic’s LifeStraw® filter, because she often had to send patients home with instructions to only take their medicine with water they had boiled, to ensure if was clean and safe.
“This [water filter] will really help us. Now we can administer the medication here at out clinic. We can also send them home with clean water in the bottles they gave us so out patients can take their pills at home” says Sister Gumede.