At the Co-op support centre in Manchester again this week, and attended a moving presentation and video about the work Co-op is supporting to bring clean water to communities in Africa.
Every litre of our own brand “Fairbourne Springs”water raises 3p for OneFoundation’s work – and over the ten years we have had this link we have raised over £7 million. And now we are extending the scheme to our own-brand flavoured waters too, which should increase donations by 30% a year.
The video showed examples of the work carried out in Malawi. this brought back memories for me of visits there with Traidcraft, and especially of one village where our fair trade premiums had been used for a bore hole. When I asked one of the village women about the benefits I was told “now we have safe water”. I assumed this meant it was a clean and healthy source rather than a potentially polluted river. But no. It was safe because they no longer had to risk going past the crocodiles to get to the river – with villagers regularly being attacked and one or two deaths each year.
Makes you realise just how lucky we are in this country to have clean water literally on tap. Another great example of what makes me proud to be part of the Co-op – and why would you choose any other water when you are in one of our shops?