The John Lewis Foundation launches partnership with WaterAid to empower artisan communities in India with clean water

WaterAid has launched a three-year partnership with the John Lewis Foundation, which will help empower communities in Sant Ravi Das Nagar (Bhadohi), India, where John Lewis & Partners carpets are made, by bringing clean water and sanitation to their communities.

The Foundation will donate £100,000 per year to provide 15,000 people in Sant Ravi Das Nagar (Bhadohi) district in Uttar Pradesh with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, while also running a hygiene education programme to reach more than 100,000 people.

Worldwide, one in nine people don’t have clean water close to home, while one in three have nowhere decent to go to the toilet. In India, 163 million people have no clean water close to home and millions more don’t have a decent toilet.

A lack of access to clean water, decent sanitation and good hygiene has a serious impact on health, while millions of women and girls worldwide spend hours each day collecting water, holding communities back from reaching their full potential.

Miranda Spottiswoode, Partner & Programme Coordinator for the John Lewis Foundation, said:

“Contributing to the wellbeing of communities in which we operate is our foremost priority. Our shared vision with WaterAid is one of empowerment and improving lives in those in communities. Providing the people of Sant Ravi Das Nagar (Bhadohi) with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene will enable them to live healthier lives, develop new skills, and have more opportunities to earn a living.”

The John Lewis Foundation was established in 2007 to benefit communities in the UK and overseas where John Lewis & Partners operates. It seeks to invest in communities that support the John Lewis & Partners business throughout the world and help them to acquire the relevant skills required for meaningful employment.

WaterAid Director of Communications & Fundraising Marcus Missen said:

 “WaterAid is proud to be working with one of the UK’s most respected brands through our new partnership with the John Lewis Foundation.

“The business community has an important role to play in reducing poverty worldwide. One in five jobs are linked to global supply chains. By investing in water, sanitation and hygiene provision in their supply chains, businesses can help improve the health of whole communities, having a positive impact on their education and livelihoods while also increasing productivity. We are delighted that the John Lewis Foundation has seized the opportunity to drive change across the world through this new initiative. Their support will help transform the lives of communities that play an important role in the carpet supply chain.”

 WaterAid works with local partners in 28 of the world’s poorest countries to bring lasting solutions to communities, while also working with the government to influence policy and practice.

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