The Acqua for Life program was created in 2010, the year the United Nations recognized the right to safe drinking water and sanitation as fundamental human rights.
Since its creation, Acqua for Life has invested a total of more than 9 million euros in projects across the world. As a result, 413 water systems have helped more than 217,000 people in 15 countries on three continents to gain access to safe drinking water. In 2020, the program is supporting eight projects, in China, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and two projects in Nepal.
Acqua for Life's actions have been conceived with a global approach in mind. The main objective is to improve access to drinking water in regions where the resource is more scarce, but also to take into account related problems, such as sanitation and hygiene. Projects activities include the installation of water points, latrines, rainwater collection systems, filtration and water purification.
Beyond this commitment to develop universal access to drinking water, the Acqua for Life initiative strives to have a positive socio-economic impact on communities' health and livelihood. This involves educating local communities and raising awareness about the recommendations of the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) program. It also involves training the communities to allow them to continue maintaining the facilities independently beyond the three years of support offered by the Acqua for Life program.