A community-scale water purifier that meets the World Health Organization and US Environmental Protection Agency’s rigorous standards is being installed in schools in Bungoma County, Kenya, in a partnership project between Jaguar Land Rover, ClimateCare and technology provider Vestergaard.
‘LifeStraw® Community’ is a high-volume purifier with built-in storage. It uses a hollow fibre membrane to remove any particles larger than 0.02 microns from water, including virtually all bacteria, protozoa and viruses – making it safe to drink.
It is being installed in 375 schools, benefitting over 300,000 pupils and is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Global CSR programme that aims to create new opportunities for 12 million people by 2020.
Here, a teacher and children at two of the first schools on the list, reflect on the difference it could make to their lives.
Dalmas Kipnusu, Headteacher, Cheptais Reachout
Photo credit: Jaguar Land Rover
“Previous to having LifeStraw Community we didn’t treat our water and we had a lot of children with infections. The local medical centre was testing everyone positive for Typhoid and parents were keeping their children off school for a month as they didn’t trust the water at school.
I will encourage parents to collect water from the LifeStraw Community when they drop their children at school in the morning so they can have clean water at school and at home. All our pupils have cups and I will encourage them to drink the water at breaks. I will ensure that we look after the LifeStraw Community and that we maintain it correctly.
The LifeStraw Community will help this school very much.