Why water? Why coffee?
844 million people around the world don’t have access to clean water. The majority live in isolated, rural areas – the same areas growing our coffee.
It’s wrong that while we enjoy the purest filtered water in our coffee, the communities at the end of its supply chain face a water crisis.
Enter Project Waterfall
Project Waterfall brings clean water, sanitation and education to coffee-growing communities across the world.
Access to clean water changes everything. Child mortality rates drop. Girls can spend more time in school. Women can start their own businesses. And dignity is restored to communities.
Since 2011, Project Waterfall has raised over £1 Million and delivered clean drinking water to over 34,000 people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Vietnam and Nicaragua.
UK Coffee Week 2019 supported the ongoing work Project Waterfall is doing in the rural Jabi Tehnan district of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is considered the biological and cultural home of coffee, and 38% of the people living in Jabi Tehnan rely on coffee for their livelihood. Ethiopia is also one of the countries that struggles most with the water crisis. 75% of the population lack access to clean water and 95% lack access to sanitation.
Project Waterfall’s work here, which began in 2018 in partnership with WaterAid, will bring clean drinking water, education and sanitation to 10,000 people in the area over the next 3 years.