First project will provide water systems and hygiene education in Indonesian province
In a new private-non-profit venture, Tyco Intl. and Action Against Hunger | ACF Intl. announced the launch of the Clean Water Access Initiative, a global partnership to bring safe drinking water to some of the most vulnerable communities around the world. Dedicating more than $2 million over the next three years and drawing on the product line, global workforce and technical expertise of Tyco's flow control business, this initiative aims to improve ACF's ability to deploy the most effective solutions for communities lacking access to clean water.
"The initiative, the first global corporate partnership for ACF Intl., employs an innovative model of collaboration designed to enhance our capacity while scaling up the reach and impact of our clean water programs," said Nan Dale, Action Against Hunger's CEO. "We hope Tyco Intl.'s visionary commitment to the Clean Water Access Initiative will inspire other corporations to join the NGO sector in tackling hunger and water issues."
The company's annual commitment consists of direct funding for targeted water projects as well as in-kind product and service support. Under the partnership, Tyco has pledged additional targeted funding for ACF's emergency response efforts, providing the agency with flexibility and enhanced capabilities to respond quickly to natural disasters or other humanitarian crises.
"This partnership will help advance ACF's mission to help needy communities gain access to sustainable clean water and sanitation," said Patrick Decker, president of Tyco Flow Control. "In addition to our financial support, we will contribute products and the technical expertise of our people working in the water industry to support ACF teams working around the world."
The Clean Water Access Initiative aims to implement clean water projects in communities affected by acute malnutrition where Tyco's resources can be most effectively deployed. The joint effort is managed by a steering committee representing both organizations. The steering committee will help identify projects where Tyco can provide products and services appropriate to local needs, and deploy company expertise to help ACF staff design customized water distribution systems.
The inaugural Clean Water Access Initiative project will focus on Indonesia, within the Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) Province, where poor access to clean water is a major contributing factor to public health problems and malnutrition. While the rest of Indonesia advances towards national and international development goals, the NTT Province lags behind, remaining among the poorest provinces in the country. This project will support the construction of new water systems for 40,000 people. In addition, it will devote resources toward an educational program to improve local hygiene practices and train local authorities on the design and maintenance of water supply infrastructures.