The Smart Water for Green Schools (SWGS) project, which Green Cross started in 2010 to provide access to water and sanitation for communities in need around the world, contributes to international efforts to secure safe drinking water and sanitation for every human being. SWGS addresses children’s needs first, as they are more vulnerable to waterborne diseases, but does target entire communities.
SWGS methods include building infrastructure and empowering communities to maintain their own water supplies, reducing the risk of deadly waterborne diseases, promoting the sustainable use of water resources, and increasing school attendance, girls’ education and gender equality.
As of August 2015, Smart Water for Green Schools had brought safe drinking water to 120,000 people in some 130 communities in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal, Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Sri Lanka, China and Ukraine.
In February 2015, Giorgio Armani and Green Cross announced their fifth successive year of partnership in support of communities living in water poverty.
Green Cross and Giorgio Armani continued to raise awareness about water poverty in developed and water-rich countries throughout 2015, while carrying out concrete on-the-ground projects to supply deprived communities with secure, safe and sustainable water access. New projects were deployed in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, China, Bolivia, Mexico and – for the first time – Argentina.
In 2014, Acqua for Life also supported an important project in a remote village of Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. About 1,000 people benefitted from this key infrastructure development. As in most South Asian countries, Sri Lanka faces many development challenges and has also gone through a decades-long civil war.
These will join some 80 communities around the world already benefiting from clean water thanks to existing Acqua for Life projects.