WaterAid and H&M Conscious Foundation to take safe water to schools

This new global programme aims to transform the lives of over a quarter of a million of the world’s poorest schoolchildren.


11 Feb 2014

A new partnership between WaterAid and the H&M Conscious Foundation will deliver safe water, sanitation and hygiene to schools around the world.

As well as improving both the health and education of 250,000 children, the programme will engage with decision-makers at national and international levels, reaching many more.

Karl-Johan Persson, Chief Executive of H&M and board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation, commented, "H&M and WaterAid have been working together on clean water and safe sanitation since 2002. Today, the H&M Conscious Foundation is proud to announce that WaterAid will drive one of our global programmes for change.

"The focus is to deliver clean water, sanitation and hygiene in schools to improve health, attendance and education and thereby transforming children’s futures."

Last year, H&M asked its customers and employees which three development issues the H&M Conscious Foundation should support over the coming years. The result was clear: 'clean water'.

Two school girls drink clean water from their new tapstand in Nepal
Photographer credit: WaterAid/Marco Betti

Barbara Frost, WaterAid's Chief Executive, commented, "This unique partnership with the H&M Conscious Foundation will change children’s lives immensely. Ensuring that both girls and boys have an equal chance to stay in school and learn in a safe, healthy environment will allow them to fulfil their potential and provide a promising future.

"The H&M Conscious Foundation’s funding helps us in our aim to ensure that everyone, everywhere has safe water and sanitation by 2030."