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FHI 360 hosts Summit on the Summit 2 team at Tanzanian Safe Drinking Water Project

January 08, 2013 —

On Jan. 4, FHI 360's Mswakini Safe Drinking Water Project hosted celebrities and activists from the Summit on the Summit 2 team in the village of Chini in Tanzania. Summit on the Summit is an initiative to raise awareness of the global water crisis by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with cultural influencers, educators and high-profile individuals. This year's team included actors Justin Chatwin and Beau Garrett, musicians Mark Foster and Kenna, and director and photographer Chase Jarvis.

The Mswakini Safe Drinking Water Project, managed by FHI 360 and funded by Procter & Gamble's Children's Safe Drinking Water Program, provides safe drinking water and education on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to the residents of Mswakini Chini and Juu villages in Tanzania. During their visit, Summit on the Summit team members visited with school children participating in the program, spoke with women in the community about safe drinking water and health, and received a tour of the village and the local water source.

Approximately 1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. Diarrheal diseases, such as cholera and dysentery, caused by drinking contaminated water and maintaining poor hygiene practices remain a leading cause of illness and death among infants, children and people living with HIV in the developing world. By providing water treatment technology and complementary WASH education, the Mswakini Safe Drinking Water Project aims to provide safe drinking water for all and to improve health outcomes, particularly among those individuals most vulnerable to illness.