Safe Water for Schools Initiative
AKP Project Since 2017
AKP provides students & teachers worldwide with access to safe drinking water
Worldwide, one in 10 people lack access to clean water. Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy is working to change that because everyone deserves access to clean water, a basic human need. Since 2017, AKP has partnered with LifeStraw to provide safe water, which solves a major health crisis and helps ensure children can attend school.
The Safe Water for Schools Initiative brings LifeStraw community filters—which remove 99.99% of bacteria, viruses, and parasites—to thousands of children in India, Kenya, Myanmar, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia. This program is consciously focused on delivering the benefit of access to clean water to those communities on the frontline of conservation, living on the edge of wilderness and living with human-wildlife conflict.
We need to ensure real improvements in their lives and livelihoods if we expect them to continue to live with wildlife. Access to clean water is so fundamental and provides an immediate, tangible improvement to these communities. Distribution through schools is the most equitable method we can devise, with the most far-reaching impact.
The first phase of the program introduced sustainable, non-invasive means to acquire clean water for students in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya. In 2023, we are working on providing clean water to all schools surrounding the Serengeti National Park. We currently provide clean drinking water to more than 100,000 students and teachers.