KUCHING: Nestlé Malaysia has joined the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) to launch the ‘Safe Water, Safe Communities’ project, aimed at providing clean water to deserving communities.
The initiative will engage five villages in Tasik Chini, Pahang, to install water filtration systems that will provide clean water to over 650 villagers.
A press release said the water filtration systems use Swiss-designed technology approved by the World Health Organisation, which will remove bacteria and provide safe, chemical-free water to the communities.
“Water is essential for life and access to clean, safe water is a basic human right, which is a necessity for communities to survive and thrive. However, there are rural communities in Malaysia with limited access to clean water due to their remote locations and inadequate equipment to purify their water,” said Nestlé Malaysia executive director of group corporate affairs Nirmalah Thurai.
“We are pleased to embark on this project together with our partner GPF, which will enable us to help enhance quality of life for these communities by providing sustainable clean water.”
GPF CEO Dr Teh Su Thye said the collaboration will see the installation of water filtration systems in the communities, followed by community engagement activities, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) training for children and adults to raise awareness on the importance of personal hygiene and cleanliness.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Nestlé to spearhead this project in bringing clean water to the underserved Orang Asli communities. With Nestlé’s deep commitment to clean and safe water access, we hope that our partnership will be able to positively impact more communities and lives across Malaysia,” he said.
The installation and community engagement activities will run until December.