31st March 2015

Now a total of five Just a Drop water projects supported by Corinthia Hotels

Two rural communities in Zambia and Tanzania have benefited from the generous support of Corinthia Hotels, following the completion of clean water projects implemented by international water aid charity, Just a Drop. This marks a total of five Corinthia supported Just a Drop projects which have brought life-changing clean water to a total of 45,325 children and families over the past three years.

Alfred Pisani, Founder and Group Chairman of Corinthia Hotels, said, “We at Corinthia are proud to play a small part.  Through our on-going support of Just a Drop, we have been able to make a difference, by providing life sustaining clean drinking water for five villages already in Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.  Most of us take clean water for granted, but for these villagers this very basic part of life is a daily struggle.  Corinthia Hotels looks forward to continuing to make a positive contribution, village by village, to the health and well-being of these children and their families, hopefully leading to brighter futures.”

In Zambia, the communities of Luini-Kabalu and Malaya in the Copperbelt province were each provided with boreholes to alleviate access to clean, safe water. Prior to the project, villagers had to rely on unprotected shallow wells or swamps to collect water which carried the risk of disease, not to mention a round-trip of 90 minutes to reach them.

Peter Marsh, Project Engineer for Just a Drop visited the project following its completion in February. He met 17 year old Ester Mwaza from Malaya Village: “Ester had lost both of her parents and now lives with her aunt and her four young grandchildren. The family uses 80 litres of water a day and are very grateful that they no longer have to walk long distances to collect it. When Ester was younger, she had to stop going to school as there simply wasn’t enough time in the day, once she had collected enough water for her family’s daily needs.”

Peter also met the secretary of the Luini-Kabalu Water and Sanitation Hygiene training committee, Frederick Mwelwa. He said, “Frederick felt they’d had good training and was very comfortable that the committee would be able to maintain the borehole and pump.”

Kingazi Village, near Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, also benefitted from a borehole and piped water supply thanks also to the support of Corinthia Hotels. The project provided distribution points around the village, including one at the local primary school. As a result, women and children will no longer have to walk (on average) 9km to collect water, which means they will be able to better spend their time on income generating activities or education. Eight year old Neema Johnson from Kingazi Primary School said, “Thank you for bringing water to our school. Now we will not be going out of school during break time to buy water.”

Fiona Jeffery OBE, Chairman and Founder, Just a Drop said, “Corinthia Hotels has now supported five clean water projects with Just a Drop which we value hugely. The partnership has made a positive and real difference to people’s lives through the provision of clean water. Thank you on behalf of everyone at Just a Drop; we look forward to supporting further communities in need in partnership with Corinthia Hotels.”