With the Walk for Water 2019, GF demonstrated a clear commitment to clean drinking water in developing countries. In collaboration with its partner organization Water Mission, the GF Foundation Clean Water supports four projects. The CHF 500'000-donation helps families in Indonesia, Malawi, Uganda and Peru.

Indonesia (Timor)

Indonesia has an abundance of freshwater sources, but up to 89% of water sources are contaminated with fecal matter. Today, a quarter of Indonesian children suffer from waterborne illnesses, which is the leading cause of child mortality in the country. In the Timor region, where the Oenoni, Oben, and Boneana communities are located, Water Mission has an opportunity to provide safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for 3'300 people. Building an infrastructure in the Timor region means Water Mission can support the health and livelihood of entire families and communities. Among others, safe water equipment will be installed in newly constructed buildings, and water distribution points – including tap stands – will be installed throughout the communities.

Malawi (Communities of Bua and Mapira)

Nearly 11'000 people urgently in Central Malawi need safe water. During the day, current water sources in the form of deep wells become too congested for immediate and convenient service. People, particularly women and children, must endure long walks and even longer wait times when collecting water. Water Mission’s team of engineers and specialists have drafted a technical and community development plan that will provide communities with optimal and efficient safe water solutions. With new boreholes, solar submersible pumps, solar panels, strategically placed tap stands, and secure tanks and enclosures, Water Mission can ensure that communities have enough safe water where and when they need it.

Peru (Community of San Roque)

In the Amazon Basin, communities are drinking unsafe water directly from the Ucayali River, one of two main tributaries feeding into the Amazon River, a known source of dark brown, dirty water. These rivers are contaminated by sediment from runoff, deforestation, and human activity. People consume this supposedly convenient water and use it for bathing, cooking, and cleaning. In fact, this region has been identified as one of the areas in Peru with the most limited access to safe water. Water Mission will set up a safe water system with multiple access points, serving two schools, a municipal building, and households. By installing a 15-kilowatt solar array, piping, treatment and storage facilities, and metered connections, Water Mission will provide safe water for up to 400 families.

"I’ve experienced firsthand the transformation that occurs in communities throughout Peru thanks to the generous support from GF as a result of their annual Walk for Water. I’d like to personally thank you for walking so others don’t have to."
Juan Simon, Water Mission Peru, Country Program Director




Uganda (Buteba)

A local health center relies on rainwater collection for its daily needs. This water is neither filtered nor treated, making it unsterile for medical use. Medical professionals attend to patients without washing their hands or tools. The staff at Buteba Health Center are forced to treat patients in an unsanitary method. In response to the health center’s safe water needs, Water Mission engineers have developed a plan to drill a deep well that can be accessed on foot by nurses and doctors in under six minutes. To protect this well, a chamber will be constructed. Solar pumps, solar panels, water-control switches, hydraulic pipes, and durable storage structures will support the sustainability of this project.