We are a non-profit organisation, set up in 2010 with the aim of contributing to the resolution of problems derived from the lack of water and sanitation in the world.
We develop projects that guarantee the access to water and sanitation in the most disadvantaged areas of the planet.
To raise awareness
We promote a new water culture that allows the sustainable management of water resources around the world and guarantees the universal human right to access to the water and sanitation needed for a dignified and healthy life..
Closer to india
India will be the world's most populous country and a leading economy in 2030, but the Asian giant encompasses all access to water and sanitation problems present nowadays in the planet and it is also one of the most threatened countries by climate change.
However, India also has the seed to find solutions: ancestral knowledge, enormous resilience and an immense development capacity to become a reference point in adaptability and mitigation.
Therefore, India is a benchmark for the great challenge facing humanity on a planetary scale.
The We Are Water Foundation is an initiative of Roca, world leader in bathroom spaces, with presence in more than 170 countries. Since its establishment it has been committed to the environment, both in the development of its products and in its production processes.
Roca is aware that water is a unique and limited resource, and for this reason it has spent more than 50 years developing the most advanced water and energy saving devices in its products, thus contributing to a more balanced and sustainable coexistence with our environment.
With the creation of the We Are Water Foundation, Roca´s commitment reaches a new level: solidarity with those affected by the lack of water and sanitation and help to alleviate the negative consequences of this injustice.
World's Water in numbers
A child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That's 1.5 million deaths a year that could be prevented.
By 2025, water withdrawals
will increase by 50% in developing countries, and 18% in developed countries.
Almost 1/3 of the world population
Almost 2,300 million people lack access to a basic sanitation system.
Over one out of twelve individuals
Worldwide - 603 million - don't have access to enough safe freshwater to meet their basic needs of drinking, cooking and cleaning.
This is a challenge faced by mankind and it is inevitable
And the solution can be found
in each one of us
It is essential to act quickly and now is the time. We at the We Are Water Foundation work with NGOs, foundations and United Nations agencies to raise awareness and develop projects in the most disadvantaged regions in the world affected by the lack of water and sanitation, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. This agreement has established 17 new goals that aim to end poverty and fight inequality, injustice and climate change, among others.
Goal 6 states:
Ensure the availability of water and its sustainable management, and sanitation for all.
In order to attain this goal UN has defined eight specific targets for 2030:
- Achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
- Achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.
- Improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing the release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.
- Substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from it.
- Implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transnational cooperation as appropriate.
- Protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes.
- Expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.
- Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management.
Organizations we support
The Vicente Ferrer Foundation is a non-governmental development organisation (NGDO) committed to assisting with the transformation process in the poorest parts of Andhra Pradesh in south-east India, affecting some of the most excluded communities in the world, including the Dalits or Untouchables, tribal groups and other “backward” or disadvantaged castes.
The foundation is currently working in 2,313 villages, benefiting over 2.5 million people through its comprehensive development programme, which comprises six fields of activity: ecology, health, education, housing, women and people with disabilities
World Vision is an international organisation that has been working since 1950 in support of disadvantaged children and families. Its priority is therefore to ensure the welfare of that part of the population most vulnerable to the effects of poverty and emergencies, by means of long-term programmes.
It also works alongside international and local organisations to make its aid more effective. It has a consultative status with UNESCO, works with the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide meals during emergencies, is a founder member of the Global Movement for Children and, together with the Red Cross and other organisations, is part of the Sphere Project, whose goal is to improve the quality of humanitarian aid.
Today, it is present in 98 countries and provides aid to more than four million children around the world.