Through their Water for All Programme, Atlas Copco has helped to raise a significant amount for Just a Drop, enabling us to reach 16,491 people through 14 projects across five countries.

The partnership is driven by Atlas Copco’s Water for All Committee; a committee of dedicated and passionate volunteers that brings together representatives from a number of Atlas Copco’s offices and subsidiary companies across the UK to oversee all charitable giving and activity within the company. It is an initiative that was formed in Atlas Copco Sweden in 1984 and has continued to spread across the world ever since.

The initiative motivates and mobilises Atlas Copco employees to step up and do something positive for Just a Drop’s communities by double matching their donations. This ensures that the biggest possible impact can be achieved, and has encouraged over 15% of the company’s employees to sign up for payroll giving – having their support tripled every month. 

Atlas Copco’s first project with Just a Drop was in Romania in 2011 where the committee decided to support a community in a remote part of the country, Dobrovat, by building a septic tank to promote positive hygiene behaviour. This project is still functional and very much in use - supporting 1,838 people in the community. 

Since then, Atlas Copco and the Water for All Committee have supported a number of projects spanning the globe, including:

As a result of their generosity, in 2015 work began in Buguluube Village in Ssanga Parish on a three year programme. The programme constructed a total of 12 shallow wells and hand pumps, 21 household water harvesting jars, 21 household latrines, promotion of better hygiene and sanitation practices throughout the village and carry out a WASH and menstrual hygiene programme in two schools.

Elly Memorial School and Kungu Primary School were also supported with a large rainwater harvesting tank and a gender-sensitive latrine block with washrooms at each of them. Income generating loans were also provided for small groups of women to help enable them to start their own businesses, helping them to lift their families out of abject poverty.

This programme was completed at the end of 2018 and has significantly transformed the lives of everyone in the community. Read the final programme report here 

Oh one cannot imagine the situation we were in before, imagine searching for water in the hills and valleys. The unsafe water was used for drinking, cooking food and all other household work, like washing your clothes. We used to spend a lot of money buying medicines to treat diseases like diarrhoea and dysentery, but with the help of Atlas Copco and The Waterloo Foundation, Just a Drop has saved Buguluube Village from this terrible situation. We are  saving money that was being used to buy medicine, to buy school materials and pay school fees for our children

Find out about the huge impact that Atlas Copco's work has had on two communities in Kenya below!


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