Clintons See How Clean Water Saves Lives

Through the eyes of children, parents and teachers, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton got a personal look at the toll of unsafe water, as part of their visit to Groupe Scholaire Camp Kanombe primary school in Kigali.

“Let me say how grateful I am to both P&G, one of the greatest companies in the world in terms of its responsibilities to society and building into their business model lifting lives of people, and to World Vision, one of the great treasures of NGOs, and the fact that they’re doing this together means a lot to me,” President Bill Clinton said.

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Recently, President Bill Clinton announced that legendary artist Smokey Robinson is aggregating celebrity social media feeds into a global Smoke Alarm.

The aim is to raise funds and share clean drinking water through the Procter & Gamble (P&G) Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. (Read: Bill Clinton to Use Social Media for P&G Water Program)

Also, Procter and Gamble (P&G) announced recently that it has delivered the 6 Billionth liter of clean drinking water as part of its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment to save one life every hour by the year 2020.

The commitment, made in 2010 at the CGI Annual Meeting, entails providing 2 Billion liters of clean drinking water every year, by 2020. (Read: P&G Partners with Chelsea Clinton to Deliver Water)

UNICEF estimates nearly 2,000 children die every day from diarrhea – more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

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Meanwhile, tech company IBM marked World Water Day with the launch of a crowdsourcing project to help capture, share and analyze information about the water distribution system in South Africa. (Read: IBM Application to Solve Water Problems in South Africa)

World Vision and Procter & Gamble are partnering to change that. During the President’s visit, water experts demonstrated the P&G water purification packets. Within 30 minutes the small packet transforms brown, dirty, and dangerous water, making it safe for drinking.

“It’s one of the simplest things we can do to save lives,” President Clinton said.

In the picture above: President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton join World Vision’s Dr. Greg Allgood and Procter & Gamble’s Allison Tummon Kamphuis bringing clean water to children at Cyugaro Primary School in Rwanda with the help of P&G water purification packets. The event was part of the Clinton’s visit to Rwanda to see Clinton Global Initiative commitments in action.

Photo courtesy: World Vision

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Rakesh Raman