The United Nations recognized access to water and sanitation as a human right in 2010. Since then, Acqua for Life, Armani’s global water initiative focusing on universal access to drinking water in water-scarce regions, has helped over 590,000 people and has invested more than 14 million euros in water projects in 23 countries. By 2030 Armani’s Acqua for Life aims to be a source of clean water for 1 million people.
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 developing 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.
“Before the tap came, we would fetch water from a distant source, and we were very tired. Now that there is a tap, I don't have to walk as far, I'm not as tired, and I'm doing better at school.” Sarobidy, 9, Madagascar