Xylem provides funding, as well as Xylem experts and volunteers who help our partners implement their programs. We perform continuous evaluation of partners’ progress and impact. With all projects, we seek solutions that will benefit communities over the long term. Our work with Planet Water is a powerful illustration of this approach.
All Xylem Watermark partners have developed Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) curriculum, which is designed to teach healthy habits to children. WASH programs in schools significantly reduce hygiene-related disease, increase student attendance and learning achievement, and contribute to dignity and gender equality*.
In 2016, we sponsored Planet Water’s Project 24 initiative for the second consecutive year, helping our partner install 24 clean water filtration systems in 24 communities in 24 hours. Our volunteers also helped to provide WASH education in those communities. Since beginning our partnership in 2010 Xylem, WASH education initiatives, water tower builds, and school and community water projects in partnership with Planet Water have touched the lives of more than 250,000 people in Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Philippines and Thailand. In recognition of these and Xylem’s long-term commitment to India, Xylem was honored with an award from the American India Foundation in 2016.