June 11, 2012
HSBC launches new five-year partnership with WaterAid
Transforming lives through improved access to safe water and sanitation.
HSBC has partnered with WaterAid, WWF and Earthwatch to establish a
five-year $100 million Water Programme that will deliver a powerful
combination of water provision, protection and education, resulting in
the most ground-breaking water program committed to by a financial
The HSBC Water Programme will play a significant role in enabling
WaterAid to deliver our ambitious global strategy to reach a further 25
million people with safe water and sanitation.
Mokshed Ali Molla drinking water from a tubewell constructed with the help of WaterAid in Bangladesh.
Munem Wasif/Agence Vu for WaterAid
WaterAid's program will ensure safe water and sanitation services
for some of the poorest communities in South Asia; across Bangladesh,
India, Pakistan, Nepal and in the West African countries of Nigeria and
Ghana. Together we will help many thousands more people implement changes that will last for generations.
Over five years the HSBC Water Programme will reach 1.1 million people with water and 1.9 million people with sanitation.
Together, WaterAid and HSBC will:
- Use community-led sustainable approaches, in both rural and urban areas, to get water and sanitation to where it is needed
- Reduce child morbidity and mortality, and general healthcare costs
- Educate adolescent girls on menstrual hygiene management and provide separate water and sanitation facilities in schools
- Improve livelihoods, particularly by freeing women's time and improving community health, and resilience to disaster risks
- Influence national and local governments to prioritize water and sanitation services