Every Well Water Foundation, the charity founded by Sony Bihal, MD at Time Wholesale Services to help solve the worldwide water crisis, has completed its first project, benefitting Lehman’s Drift Public School at Queenstown in South Africa, which has over 200 students.
Well Water Foundation funds clean water projects by partnering with likeminded organisations and fundraising to build wells, taps, pumps and toilets in Africa and Asia, providing access to safe sanitation and hygiene. The Queenstown project is a merry-go-round pump that operates while the schoolchildren play, pumping water underground for storage in a tank, ready for use from a tap. Previously, the children had no access to clean water and relied on gathering rainwater or bringing water from home. The pump provides water for the children’s survival and gives them somewhere to play.
“The water crisis causes 840,000 deaths a year,” says Sony Bihal. “Ten years ago, 1.1 billion people had no access to safe, clean water. Two years ago, this had reduced to 740 million and today, it’s 663 million. I believe we can make a real difference together and solve the water crisis in our lifetime.”
Sony and his team at Time Wholesale Services are looking for industry support to continue Every Well Water Foundation‘s work. Their current fundraising involves a gala dinner which took place on 1 November, to be followed by their annual trade day on 4 December. TWS are also supporting the charity by launching an own brand of bottled water, Every Well, with a guaranteed 1p per bottle donated to the charity.