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Volunteers also helped build a library for village children
Nika Water, a water bottle company that donates 100% of its profits to actions that alleviate global poverty and has committed more than $400,000 to bring clean water to more than 7,000 people, spent two weeks in a remote village in Kenya this summer.
The Nika Water team, along with a group of more than 50 volunteers, traveled to Kenya in partnership with Free the Children, a non-governmental organization focused on poverty alleviation. Through the volunteering trip, Nika and the organizations built a school library for the impoverished village of Pimbiniet, Kenya, as part of Nika’s overall commitment to spend more than $230,000 to “Adopt a Village.”
“An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, drinkable water,” said Jeffrey Church, co-founder and CEO of Nika Water. “Nika has proudly created a platform to change lives. When you see the impact of clean water on people, you realize how transformative it really is.”
During the June 2011 trip, the Nika team, volunteers and Pimbiniet villagers celebrated the official start of drilling for the deep-water well that will provide clean water for the entire village. In addition, the teams helped construct the school library sponsored by Nika. The library now serves more than 900 children in an effort to improve the village’s illiteracy rate of 75%.
Volunteers on the trip were also participated in a water walk with the local women and girls to experience firsthand the journey they make every day to obtain drinkable water for their families.