Relate, Rotary SafeWater Project, and Aqua4Life partnered in March 2012 with two fundamentals in mind: to provide clean and safe drinking water to communities in Southern Africa who need it and to uplift communities through social development initiatives.

Together they recently they launched a new humanitarian project with Ikamva Labantu to install 30 LifeStraw community and family water filtering units in senior clubs, crèches, schools and clinics throughout Gugulethu, Langa, Kayalitsha, and Masiphumelele.

This short video shows Aqua4Life, Rotary SafeWater Project and Relate handing over a Lifestraw community unit to the Love and Care day-care centre in the Masiphumelele Informal Settlement.

Currently the crèche hosts about 106 children under 6 years old with the majority suffering with various degrees of diarrhoea. To prevent their water debt from building up from their municipality supply they have been drinking water from their Jojo tank. Thanks to this new project they have access to clean and safe drinking water for the next 3 years.

Funds raised through the sale of Relate SafeWater bracelets enable the Rotary SafeWater Project to distribute these lifesaving water filters to communities in Southern Africa who have no access to clean and safe drinking water.

Through the sale of 590 bracelets, one community LifeStraw unit can be funded. It provides 100 000 litres of clean and safe drinking water and lasts a community of 200 people for up to 3 years. To date Relate has sold 18 129 bracelets and raised R227 144. 590.