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HSBC Water Programme visit to India

From 11-17 March, representatives of the HSBC Water Programme will be visiting projects in Lucknow and Kanpur, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Here, WaterAid is helping poor and excluded communities achieve their right to safe water and sanitation thanks to HSBC's support.

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11 Mar 2013 | UK

In India, the statistics are as vast as the country: more than 800 million people have nowhere to go to the toilet and nearly 100 million are without access to safe water. Despite a growing economy, India has many challenges ahead in relation to water and sanitation.

From 11-17 March, representatives of the HSBC Water Programme will be visiting projects in Lucknow and Kanpur, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Here, WaterAid is helping poor and excluded communities achieve their right to safe water and sanitation thanks to HSBC's support.

Aloka Majumdar, head of corporate sustainability at HSBC India, said: "Through this visit we will see first-hand what our partners are achieving and the differences they are making to the lives and livelihoods of some of India's poorest people."

In 2012 WaterAid and the HSBC Water Programme succeeded in reaching more than 32,000 people with safe water and more than 18,000 people with sanitation in four of India's poorest states: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The programme aims to reach more than 300,000 people with safe water and 500,000 with sanitation by 2017.

After a week with WaterAid, the HSBC team will visit Water Programme partners WWF and Earthwatch, to see the impacts of their work with the local agricultural community and citizen scientists.

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