SWAROVSKI WATERSCHOOL – CHANGE, ONE DROP AT A TIME
When Swarovski launched its flagship Waterschool Programme in the year 2000, there was no way it could have predicted the monumental difference it would make. Yet eighteen years on, Swarovski and SCS members – the heart of the community investment project – can look at the global impact of their work with pride.
THE CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE
The vision was simple – teach children to care for the planet’s most precious resource and watch as they transform the world around them. And it worked. Since launching, the Swarovski Waterschool (SWS) has reached more than half a million students globally – from Austria to Uganda to Brazil to India. The impact has been significant:
• Disease control - in Uganda, wash-related diseases decreased from 31.4% in 2015 to 7.6% in 2017 at participating schools.
• Hygiene - in India, 2,100 SWS students have new clean water systems and 1,215 have improved toilets and handwashing stations.
• Awareness - in Thailand, 50% of SWS students now drink only boiled water.
• Female empowerment - in Uganda, from 2015 to 2017, the enrolment and attendance of girls at participating schools increased by 18% due to menstrual hygiene interventions.
• Water infrastructure - ten schools in the remote Amazonian wetlands of Brazil raised their school infrastructure status from “critical” to “adequate”.
• Reforestation - in 2017 alone, more than 3,500 trees were planted in India, Uganda, and Brazil by Swarovski Waterschool students.
• Safe water - the installation of water tanks at ten Ugandan schools in 2017 brought safe water to 6,000 people within the community.
• Waste reduction - in Brazil’s Amazonian wetlands, eight schools completed a “21-day school free of garbage” challenge.