In our previous post, we spoke on how Ford is helping to improve the quality of life domestically. However, the company is also making its impact abroad, too. The Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, and the Bill Ford Better World Challenge are funding World Vision South Africa’s upcoming water generation project.
The Better World Challenge gives employees and non-profit organizations (NPOs) across the globe the chance to handle crucial concerns in their communities, whether related to mobility, shelter, or food and water. Accordingly, as the winner of the 2018 Bill Ford Better World Challenge, World Vision South Africa has been using its $200,000 grant to respond to the drought that’s deeply impacting the Eastern Cape. Since then, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering have provided an additional $130,000 in funding. The money is now being used to acquire a Watergen water-from-air solution that will be utilized to extract clean drinking water from the air in an energy-efficient way.
"The Eastern Cape has been severely impacted by drought in recent years, and the poorest communities are the hardest hit. Accordingly, the project will primarily focus on assisting schools, clinics and Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDs), as well as households where the need is greatest," says Chikondi Phiri, Officer in Charge, World Vision South Africa.