The resource water must be affordable for EVERYONE. Only if water is globally healthy, available, inexpensive and safe, the world can develop sustainably, economically and socially. Water is a value and not a currency.
Since 2011, the Water Is Right Foundation standing up for the human right to water and sanitation, especially for people in disaster areas and developing regions of our world. Together with strong and sustainable partners from business, culture, science and politics, we implement reference projects worldwide. Water Is Right calls on states and international operating companies to expand further water infrastructure systems and follow the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 64/292 of 28 July 2010, which provides for the right of access to clean water for all people.
If I can do drinking water projects for millions of people with very little resources I generate by donating the fund from every tenth concert I play, then I think that the right people, brought together in Water is Right could provide maybe 100 million people with clean drinking water. I am convinced that together we can achieve great things by combining our technology and technical know-how, our global commitment and corporate social responsibility.
Rolf Stahlhofen, Founder
WATER & SANITATION
Vihigia County, Kenya
This project location was Kidundu Secondary School, a local Kenyan High School located in Central of Vihiga County . Residents living there are surrounded by a low socioeconomic status, with little to no access to financial, social, educational and health resources. The main economic stay of Vihiga County is subsistence crop farming and livestock farming.
Nyota Ing arayo Primary School
Routine maintenance of the drinking water system may not be that exciting, but in the coastal Kenyan city of Mombasa’s 30 degree heat it is essential to the health of the 250 plus students. In 2022 the school took over regular operations after WIR provided the repairs, filter changes, and system cleaning for the past two years.
Imagine practicing "Social Distancing" in a city with 500,000 inhabitants crammed into an area of only 7.25 km2. With 68,941 people per km2, the Mathare slum in Kenya's capital Nairobi is more than six times as densely populated as the city of New York.
Republic of Haiti
WIR had its first outreach in 2012 in the mountain village of Kenscoff in Haiti, where the foundation visited the St. Helene orphanage of the children's charity Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos. 800 children attend the school of the orphanage and 400 of them live there.
There're many orphans and street children from families whose parents died of HIV, home break ups. Many kids are orphans and can’t afford their own life incl. meals or school supplies. A water tower and tank, and electrical water pump ensured that the toilets could be cleaned and flushed. Hand washing stations and clean drinking water helped with the urinary stomach pains and diarrhea that are common ailment for teachers and pupils.
Mbagathi hospital struggles to provide clean water. As a result new mothers cannot wash themselves easily after giving birth; and laboratory workers had to fetch water from a tap located in outdoors. WIR with the hospitals own maintenance team to identify two easy fixes that solved the issue. Water is now benefiting the over 200 new mothers, and over 1500 laboratory users per day. The administration was so impressed it formally requested further cooperation in the development of a maintenance culture enhancement program.
Bauchi State, Nigeria
WIR supports the right to sanitation in the Nigerian state of Bauchi (7.3m populationin close cooperation with the state government. One of the major challenges facing the state government is open defecation, which poses a major health risk to water sources.
St. Francis d'Assise School
Republic of Haiti
More than 680,000 people are infectedwith cholera in Haiti. After the foundation had already successfully carried out a drinking water project together with nph germany, we decided to take action at the vocational school St. Francois d'Assise.
School for Mentally Challenged
Kiambu County, Kenya
In 2021 WIR constructed a handwashing station for a school of approximately 100 mentally disabled children in central Kenyan county of Kiambu. At the time of construction, the school was fundraising for a borehole to supply it with constant water, as water trucks were reluctant to deliver there. At the beginning of the year, we received word that the borehole and solar power system was progressing well.
Mgeno Water Training Center
Taita Taveta County, Kenya
Together with long time cooperating partner the Udo Lindenberg Stiftung, WIR has embarked on the planning of at Water Training centre in the Mgeno village in the Kenyan county of Taita Taveta. The proposal is to build a small-scale water systems maintenance training modular course accessible to anyone without formal pre-requisites. The centre will also pilot water wise climate adapted agriculture techniques.