The HSBC Water Programme has helped Vida Alebra run her clothmaking business

HSBC reiterated its commitment to support communities around the world through its Water Programme at an event in Sweden to mark World Water Week. The USD100 million HSBC Water Programme has helped more than a million people since its launch in 2012.

Speaking in Stockholm, Naina Lal Kidwai, Chair, HSBC India, said: “Fresh water is one of the most important natural resources in the world and a growing world population means supplies are under increasing strain. As water is a shared resource, today’s water challenges call for shared solutions. It is vital for the private sector, public sector and non-governmental organisations to work together in partnership.”

Since the programme began, more than one million people in Asia and West Africa have gained access to safe water

The five-year Water Programme is a partnership between HSBC and three leading environmental charities – Earthwatch, WaterAid and WWF. It focuses on providing people with access to clean water, protecting freshwater resources, and collecting data on the quality of lakes and rivers.

Since the programme began, more than one million people in Asia and West Africa have gained access to safe water. More than 40,000 people in Africa and Asia have received training on sustainable farming and fishing techniques, and more than 5,000 HSBC employees have been trained to become citizen science leaders, collecting information about freshwater resources in the communities where they live.

Vida Alebra from Ghana is one of the people who have benefited. Vida is an entrepreneur and mother-of-two. In the past, she had to travel a long distance to fetch water. Sometimes the water made her children sick. Today, there is a WaterAid station near Vida’s home with a tap offering safe, fresh water. Easier access to water helps her run her clothmaking business and look after her family.

World Water Week is an annual event bringing together academics, policymakers and entrepreneurs to discuss ways of protecting and preserving water resources. The Water Programme partners presented an update on their work at the 2015 event, highlighting achievements to date but also underlining their determination to make further progress in the months ahead. The Water Programme runs until the end of 2016.

Find out more about the HSBC Water Programme.

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