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21 March 2016

No One Can Live Without Water

On World Water Day (March 22), we will draw attention to the global water problems with a campaign, the #flestafette. 100 empty bottles will be passed as many times as possible to raise awareness about the global water problem.

Today,  650 million people still lack access to safe drinking water. Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s 900 children per day, or one child every two minutes.

Join the #flestafette

For World Water Day,  Simavi has devised a special ‘flestafette’, an empty bottle to be passed on from hand to hand and carries the campaign message: “No one can live without water”.

We have gathered 100 people from different backgrounds who will each get a bottle and kick off the campaign on March 22. How often each bottle is passed, the more interest is generated in raising awareness to water issues.

Why it’s important to have access to safe and clean drinking water:

  1. Less illnesses and deaths
  2. More time for study or work
  3. Increased income
  4. More chance for a better life

By tackling water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), we can stop preventable diseases and deaths and boost social and economic development. Simavi has been working in several projects involving WASH in Africa and Asia. It is our goal to structurally improve the health of 10 million people and 2020.

Read more about our WASH programmes.

Let’s make World Water Day a day to give!

How do you help create awareness for clean water?

  1. Take a selfie with the #flestafette bottle
  2. Upload it on simavi.nl/flestafette
  3. Share it online with your friends
  4. Pass the bottle quickly to someone


If you don’t get one of the bottles, you can support the campaign by sharing the campaign through social media and other platforms.

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