GloFish has been a proud supporter of global access to clean water since inception. We recognize that it is only with an abundance of clean water that we are able to Experience the Glo!® of GloFish® fluorescent fish.
Sadly, there are still nearly 750 million people worldwide who do not have access to clean water. Even more tragic is the fact that over 3.4 million people die each year from the lack of clean water and associated causes. We remain hopeful that meaningful, positive change for the enormous number of people in need of clean water will be achieved through the ongoing commitment of nonprofit organizations, corporate citizens, scientists, and engaged individuals.
GloFish is excited to contribute to this effort through our GloFish Clean Water Initiative. As part of this initiative, we have thus far donated nearly $75,000 to support organizations engaged in furthering the cause of clean water. In total, this grant money will help to provide clean drinking water to more than 20,000 people over the next 20 years.
The first project, a water well rehabilitation in Maruku, Kenya, was completed by Well Aware in 2014, and it is currently serving a community of nearly 4,500 people. In terms of background, the community’s pre-existing well had not been functioning since 2010, forcing schools, families and others to retrieve unsafe water approximately two to three miles away. We were proud to dedicate this project to Brian Crockett, an early GloFish investor, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2009.
The second project, also a water well rehabilitation completed by Well Aware, is located in Alamach, Kenya. With their well out of commission since 2012, residents were forced to retrieve water from unsafe seasonal streams two to three miles away. Even worse, when the streams were dry, residents had to walk nearly eight miles (each way) through dangerous areas. This continued until the GloFish-sponsored well rehabilitation award helped to get their well flowing again in 2014.
With the recent availability of clean and safe drinking water, a formerly dry and fallow area, which had only a simple nursery school and 4,000 people, has been transformed into a bustling village of 7,000 people. Now, with two acres of thriving crops and a primary school, the village is even generating an income from the crops.
Looking ahead, village leaders have plans for a clinic, additional roads, more schools, more crops, and programs to empower young girls. This has been such a successful project that Alamach aspires to be a model for the creation of abundance, peace, and prosperity for all of Kenya. With clean water as their foundation, we are confident that they can succeed in this worthy endeavor. We were proud to dedicate this project to Lowell Lebermann, one of our former Board members who passed away in 2009.
The third project we sponsored is located in an area called Mbitini, and it was recently completed by Well Aware. Here, a new water pipeline has just been built and clean water tanks at the primary school and clinic have been filled. With this project up and running, over 4,500 people are now able to access clean and safe water.
The fourth project that we have sponsored, also through Well Aware, is located in an area called Kalelwa. This community has four schools, serving 600 students and a population of 4,000. Their community well was built in the 1940s, but failed in 2011. This previously forced the community to rely on untreated surface water, causing diseases and other problems caused by drinking dirty water. This rehabilitation project has been successfully completed, and it is now bringing vital, clean water to a wonderful community.
The fifth project, sponsored through charity: water, supports a clean water initiative in Khnach Krasang, Cambodia. In total, we are proud to report that this project has delivered over 105 BioSand filters, which is helping to bring life, health, hope, and dignity to approximately 600 people through clean and safe drinking water.
As many people know, our passion for clean water is at the core of who we are. GloFish® fluorescent fish were originally created by scientists at the National University of Singapore to help identify toxins in water. By adding a naturally-derived fluorescence gene to the fish, scientists hoped to quickly and easily determine when a waterway is contaminated. Scientists soon realized the public interest in sharing the benefits of this research, which led to GloFish fluorescent fish. To help further their beneficial research, a portion of the proceeds from all GloFish sales goes directly to the lab where these fish were originally created.
Please see http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water for more information about the global water crisis.