Visiting US former president tours water purifier project in Rwanda

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The former president of the United States Bill Clinton who is on a two-day visit in Rwanda visited to Groupe Scholaire Camp Kanombe primary school in Kigali to review the P&G Purifier of Water packets at work as part of Procter and Gamble’s (P&G) Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

CGI is committed to provide clean drinking water to those who need it most in Rwanda as well as across the globe.

“Let me say how grateful I am to both P&G, one of the greatest companies in the world in terms of its responsibilities to society and building into their business model lifting lives of people, and to World Vision, one of the great treasures of NGOs, and the fact that they’re doing this together means a lot to me,” said Clinton who met children who use the P&G packets to purify their water.

President Clinton, who arrived In Rwanda on 4th August 2013, was accompanied by his daughter Chelsea Clinton.

His Rwanda visit follows Chelsea Clinton’s recent trip to Myanmar, where she traveled with P&G and World Vision to deliver the 6 billionth liter of clean drinking water purified by the P&G Purifier of Water packets.

Rwanda is one of the countries most affected by the clean drinking water crisis, with 80 percent of diseases affecting Rwandans coming from the water they drink and 11 percent of Rwandan children dying before they turn five.
At P&G, we want to use our innovation to make social investments that allow people everywhere to thrive,” said Allison Tummon Kamphuis, P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) Manager.

He said that the packets are being used all around the world to make dirty, unsafe water clean enough to drink with simple tools – a bucket, a stick, a cloth and a tiny packet.

“We’re honored to share this work with President Clinton and Chelsea and grateful for the work with World Vision that is bringing us closer to our goal to save one life every hour,” he added.

In Rwanda, P&G continues to deliver on its commitment to save one life every hour by the year 2020 by providing 2 billion liters of clean drinking water every year.

To date, clean drinking water provided by P&G has saved an estimated 32,000 lives and prevented 250 million days of diarrheal illnesses across 71 countries.

The powdered water purification product is a simple and effective way to make clean drinking water for the entire family, as the packets turns dirty, potentially deadly water into clean and drinkable water very quickly.

“It’s one of the simplest things we can do to save lives,” President Clinton said.

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Other Clinton projects working in Rwanda to improve livelihoods include the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI), Clinton Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI), Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) among others.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.

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