Work in Rwanda is part of P&G Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to
Save One Life Every Hour
President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visited Kanombe school in Kigali, Rwanda to see the P&G Purifier of Water packets at work as part of Procter and Gamble’s (P&G) Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to provide clean drinking water to those who need it most. P&G continues to deliver on its commitment to save one life every hour by the year 2020 by providing 2 billion liters of clean drinking water every year.
“Let me say how grateful I am to both P&G, one of the greatest companies in the world in terms of its responsibilities to society and building into their business model lifting lives of people, and to World Vision, one of the great treasures of NGOs, and the fact that they’re doing this together means a lot to me,” said President Bill Clinton who met children who use the P&G packets to purify their water.
This visit to Rwanda follows Chelsea Clinton’s recent trip to Myanmar, where she traveled with P&G and World Vision to deliver the 6 billionth liter of clean drinking water purified by the P&G Purifier of Water packets. Rwanda is one of the countries most affected by the clean drinking water crisis, with 80 percent of diseases affecting Rwandans coming from the water they drink and 11 percent of Rwandan children dying before they turn five.
“At P&G, we want to use our innovation to make social investments that allow people everywhere to thrive,” said Allison Tummon Kamphuis, P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) Manager. “These packets are being used all around the world to make dirty, unsafe water clean enough to drink with simple tools – a bucket, a stick, a cloth and a tiny packet. We’re honored to share this work with President Clinton and Chelsea and grateful for the work with World Vision that is bringing us closer to our goal to save one life every hour.”
P&G has been working with partners to provide clean drinking water in developing countries for nearly a decade with its award-winning water purification technology. To date, clean drinking water provided by P&G has saved an estimated 32,000 lives and prevented over 250 million days of diarrheal illnesses across 71 countries. The powdered water purification product is a simple and effective way to make clean drinking water for the entire family, as the packets turns dirty, potentially deadly water into clean and drinkable water very quickly.
“It’s one of the simplest things we can do to save lives,” President Clinton said.
As a part of its CGI commitment, P&G will be participating in the Flash Flood for Good - a new social media initiative to be launched at the CGI Annual Meeting in New York City on September 24th. This effort will focus the attention of global leaders, not-forprofits, NGO’s, academics, celebrities, private sector partners, corporate brand and the public at large on the need for clean drinking water. The funds raised through this initiative will be used to deliver life-saving clean drinking water to Myanmar, Rwanda and Ethiopia through implementing partner World Vision. Supporters of FlashFloodForGood.org can use their digital voice to amplify the call to action to raise awareness and donate funds.