Tackling the Water Crisis: Domino’s Donates $100,000 to charity: water
In 2021, Domino's donated $100,000 to charity: water to support its effort of combating the water crisis. Since 2006, charity: water has funded more than 79,000 water projects in 29 countries to help more than 13.2 million people get access to clean water, hygiene and improved sanitation. Domino’s donation will help fund new piped systems with tap stands for seven schools throughout Rwanda.
Joseph Hsu, Domino’s regional vice president – Asia, Africa and Middle East, leads the region where charity: water does quite a bit of work, and helped review possible activations with the organization.
"When selecting which water projects to direct funding to, the most important criteria was which will make the most positive impact on the largest amount of people," Joseph said.
The project with charity: water is now underway and expected to take about 18 months to complete.
“We are so grateful for Domino's support of our mission to help bring clean water to every person on the planet,” said Anthony Marinos, director of business development and partnerships at charity: water. “Thanks to their best-in-class partnership, an estimated 3,000 people in Rwanda will receive access to life's most basic need. This impact is just the beginning, and we're excited to continue collaborating with the Domino's team for years to come!"
771 million people in the world live without clean water. That is more than twice the population of the U.S. Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. More than 43% of those deaths are of children who are under 5 years old.
charity: water is a nonprofit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries by funding sustainable water projects in areas of greatest need and working with local partners to implement them.
Water and Women’s Empowerment
Women in Sub-Saharan Africa spend an estimated combined total of 16 million hours per day collecting water. When a community gets water, women and girls get their lives back. They start businesses, improve their homes and take charge of their own futures. Less time collecting water means more time in class. Clean water and proper toilets at school means teenage girls don’t have to stay home for a week out of every month. Access to clean water gives communities, especially women and girls, more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school – all of which fight poverty.
A Sustainable Approach
Bringing clean water to people looks different in every community. A diverse range of solutions, drilled wells, rainwater catchments, BioSand filters and more are utilized to meet each community’s needs. The weather technology is determined by physical and cultural factors.
charity: water doesn’t stop at building water projects. It ensures clean water flows for years to come. This is accomplished through forming strong water committees, partnering with local governments and training mechanics to perform repairs. Sanitation and hygiene training also serves to ensure water projects reach their full potential. Projects aren’t complete until there is local ownership with communities engaged and empowered to care for their own water projects.
For more information on charity: water and to see projects they’ve completed, visit charitywater.org/our-work.