Environmentally Responsible Bottled Water Company Transforms Lives With Volunteer Adventure To Kenya

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Nika Water takes action to end the cycle of poverty with its most recent project in Pimbiniet, Kenya

“Nika has proudly created a platform to change lives. When you see the impact of clean water on people, you realize how transformative it really is.”

Nika Water, the environmentally responsible water bottle company that donates 100 percent of its profits to actions that alleviate global poverty and has committed more than $400,000 to bring clean water to over 7,000 people, spent two weeks in a remote village in Kenya this summer changing the lives of over 2,200 people.

The Nika Water team, along with a group of more than 50 volunteers, traveled to Kenya in partnership with Free the Children, a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on poverty alleviation. Through the volunteer adventure, Nika and the organizations built a school library for the impoverished Kenyan village, Pimbiniet, as part of Nika’s overall commitment to spend more than $230,000 to “Adopt a Village.”

“An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, drinkable water,” said Jeffrey Church, co-founder and Chief Executive Office of Nika Water. “Nika has proudly created a platform to change lives. When you see the impact of clean water on people, you realize how transformative it really is.”

During the June 2011 trip, the Nika team, volunteers and Pimbiniet villagers celebrated the official start of drilling for the deep-water well that will impact the lives of the villagers, providing clean water for the entire Pimbiniet village. In addition, the teams rolled up their sleeves and helped construct the school library sponsored by Nika. The library now serves more than 900 children in an effort to improve the village’s staggering illiteracy rate of 75 percent.

Volunteers on the trip were also impacted themselves, participating in a water walk with the local women and girls, experiencing first hand the journey that is made every day to obtain drinkable water for their families. Volunteers received a real world understanding of how one can break the cycle of poverty.

Pimbiniet, Kenya is home to more than 2,200 people who have had no access to clean, safe drinking water. Prior to Nika’s involvement. 95 percent of Pimbiniet’s population lived on less than one dollar a day and the infant mortality for children under five was 20 percent.

About Nika Water
Since its inception three years ago, Nika Water has completed projects in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Nicaragua. In total the company has committed more than $400,000 to bringing water to over 7,000 people.

Nika was also the first CarbonFree® certified water bottle company by the Carbonfund.org and one of the most environmentally responsible on the market. NIKA offsets its carbon footprint by funding the planting of trees in a “NIKA Forest” in Nicaragua to naturally absorb carbon from the atmosphere. Beyond that, NIKA has pledged that for every bottle of their water sold they will ensure that a corresponding plastic bottle is taken out of the environment and recycled. To learn more about NIKA Water and its current projects please visit http://www.nikawater.org.    

For more information, interviews or images, please contact Kelsey Tyree at Kelsey(at)jpublicrelations(dot)com


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