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The partnership will increase access to clean, safe water in vulnerable communities around the world.

USA: DuPont has announced a partnership with charity: water to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities through the deployment of handwashing stations, hygiene and sanitation training, and community health messaging. DuPont is the first brand partner to contribute to charity: water’s special COVID-19 Relief Fund launched on Giving Tuesday Now – a global day of giving and unity for COVID-19 response efforts.

Currently, more than 785 million people around the world live without access to clean water, and more than 3 billion lack basic access to a handwashing facility. Sub-Saharan Africa is significantly vulnerable, where 75 percent of its population lack access to said facilities.

Without strong healthcare systems to rely on, prevention is absolutely critical to protecting people in developing countries from COVID-19. charity: water’s local partners are experts in handwashing, hygiene, and teaching people how to protect themselves from the disease. Now, they are urgently scaling their efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the regions they serve.

The COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will direct 100 percent of donations to local needs, will expand charity: water’s work to bring vital resources to vulnerable communities, including handwashing stations, hygiene and sanitation training, community health messages, and personal protective equipment for Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) frontline workers.

“We believe in the work that charity: water and their local partners are doing, both during this pandemic and beyond, to help mitigate the spread of the virus, as well as increase access to clean, safe drinking water for people and communities around the world,” said Alexa Dembek, DuPont’s Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer.

“Clean water is one of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals that we’re focused on and we’re pleased to support charity: water in their efforts and look for opportunities where our expertise in this area can further this shared purpose.”

DuPont, a leader in water purification and separation technology, is charity: water’s first brand partner in the water sector – with plans for additional collaboration toward the goal of increasing access to clean, safe water worldwide.

“We are proud to be charity: water’s first brand partner in the water technology sector and look forward to working together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and address water accessibility,” said HP Nanda, Global Vice President & General Manager, DuPont Water Solutions. “Our shared purpose is even more important during this global pandemic as the world needs abundant, clean, safe water flowing to communities to reduce the spread of this virus, promote recovery, and maintain health.”

DuPont is encouraging others to support the fund, including its employees and other companies in the global clean water sector. Throughout May, DuPont will invite participants of its online training webinars and Water Academy to support the effort.

#GivingTuesdayNow, is a new global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

charity: water is a nonprofit on a mission to bring clean, safe drinking water to every single person on the planet. Here at charity: water, there are a few things that make us different: 100% of public donations fund clean water projects, we prove every project we build, and we work with strong local partners to build and maintain projects.

DuPont is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients, and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Its employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, construction, water, health and wellness, food, and worker safety.

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