As we mentioned in our story about Aimable, distributors are key to providing those in need with access to clean water. This is the reason we wanted to highlight another distributor. Meet Fitah.
Fitah is a young man from Madagascar who created a business to provide clean water to his community. As we began to work with him, his creativity and passion was evident. He wanted to create a campaign based on the idea of clean water enabling education. According to a report by UNICEF, 272 million school days a year are missed due to diarrhea and an estimated one in three school-aged children in the developing world are infected with intestinal worms. These illnesses keep children from attending school and performing to the best of their abilities.
With this in mind, Fitah decided to distribute filters to local schools. La Printaniere, which is a kindergarten and primary school, received Kohler Clarity water filters. The filters were quite well received as he explained how they worked and pointed out the quality of the filtered water. Those at the school were amazed by how clear and pure the water was.
A few months later, Fitah returned to the school to hear about their experience with the filters. The filters were appreciated because the area has a poor water distribution system which feeds unclean and often brown water into the school. The teachers were grateful for the filters as they helped the kids and the staff stay healthy. The kids enjoyed filling up their water bottles with the pure water from the filters.
As he saw the impact of the water filters at the school, he decided to expand on his project. He partnered with a local bookstore to create a campaign for “supporting access to clean water and education.” This campaign encouraged customers to purchase school supplies in order to be entered into a drawing for a Kohler Clarity water filter.
As he looks to the future, he sees opportunity to provide clean water to those in need with a focus on schools and hospitals. He desires to help those who are most vulnerable to water-borne illnesses. People like Fitah make our work possible and inspire us every day to distribute more water filters. These are our distributors.