Made Blue clean drinking water projects

In 2015, Interfood Holding signed a long-term commitment with MADE BLUE foundation. Since then, many projects concerning clean drinking water in countries such as Senegal and Ethiopia have been realized. Did you know that 2.7 billion people globally have limited access to drinking water? And over 600 million people globally lack clean drinking water permanently? As a consequence, 3,5 million people die every year and hygiene levels are low, with major implications for health, education, income and environment.

These are challenges we think must be addressed to realize our vision of a world in which everyone can enjoy food responsibly. Our sustainable society pillar, part of our sustainability strategy, targets these kind of challenges and presents our contribution to local communities. Since 2015, an annual budget has been dedicated to providing continuous support to Made Blue. The availability of clean drinking water is essential both for health and hygiene purposes, but also to liquify milk powder and thereby ensure access to the nutrition provided by milk. Over the years, our partnership with Made Blue has allowed for great impact in various African communities.

Kédougou and Salamate in Senegal

At the start of the partnership Interfood decided to sponsor an annual amount of money that is equal to the water needed to dissolve our annual product volumes in Western Africa, starting with Kédougou and Salamate in Senegal.

In December 2017, this project has been finalized, although donations continue, and the results of this project are very impressive.

  • Two villages (including two schools) are connected to the new water network in the Kedougou region. The water supply consists of: boreholes, water towers, distribution pipes solar-powered pumps and several taps in the villages.
  • As a result, almost 3,000 people have access to clean drinking water: 1,373 people in Ibel village and 1,549 people in Afia Dandémayo village.
  • In addition, 526 students have access to clean drinking water at school.
  • A management committee was appointed and trained for each village. These committees are responsible for maintaining the water supply systems.
  • In addition, the local population has received training & information on the importance of clean water, hygiene linked to their health, and the environment. water, hygiene linked to their health.
Water for Senegal
Made Blue water wells
Made Blue Senegal

Dembiya, Ethiopia

As of 2020, we partnered with MADE BLUE to set our sights on Dembiya in Ethiopia. The project in Dembiya involved drilling and developing a deep well, a water storage system to generate water pressure and a network of public tapping points. We are pleased that the water system is still functioning well and that all tapping points – in the community, school and hospital – are still being used satisfactorily. There have been some challenges in the field of maintenance, but fortunately these have been resolved. Solar panels have now been installed instead of the temporary generator!

WASH at Schools, in regions Addis Abeba and Oromia in Ethiopia

The project WASH at Schools is not only about clean drinking water, but also about safe sanitation and good hygiene, especially in and around schools. The project reaches 35,100 people, but specifically also 15,300 girls in 20 schools. By building safe toilets, washbasins and changing rooms, the project aims to decrease the absence rate of girls from school by 50% in the next 2,5 years. The program focuses on building water kiosks at schools and during school hours, the kiosk provides safe and hygienic sanitary facilities.

The facilities are managed by local micro-entrepreneurs and are also open to community members: toilet and shower use and the sale of sanitary items for a small fee. The proceeds are used to maintain and expand local facilities and to guarantee a permanent income for the facility managers.

The approach:

  • We are renovating existing WASH facilities at ten schools, such as toilets and washbasins. In addition, we will build safe changing rooms for girls. We are building new facilities at 10 other schools.
  • In addition, we will develop environmentally friendly menstrual waste processing facilities. We will also urge governments and manufacturers to lower the price of these products. This makes products such as sanitary towels and tampons available to large groups of girls and women.
  • We build water points and safe toilets near schools so that people in the immediate vicinity of a school also have access to clean water and good sanitation.
  • We are going to encourage young people and women to set up small businesses around the sale of clean water and the sale and production of menstrual products.
  • And finally, we will provide training on clean water, good hygiene and good menstrual hygiene, including to local government officials, teachers and health care providers.
Made Blue water project
Made Blue Ethiopia

Our partnership for the coming years

At this moment, Interfood and MADE BLUE are investigating the best way forward for our partnership and Interfood’s donations. What kind of projects are in the pipeline? What kind of projects do we want to support? What kind of deliverables can we agree on? And where can we make the most impact? One thing is for sure, Interfood will continue supporting MADE BLUE in their mission: clean drinking water for everyone!

We will keep you posted.

Together for better.

Made Blue impact

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

There are several SDGs linked to the projects with MADE BLUE. Below is a brief overview.


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