Help bring safe water to Ukrainian families

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Rotary Club Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) has embarked on an ambitious 210,000 euros project to send water filters to areas of Ukraine most in need.

The urgent need to get the filters distributed as winter approaches is illustrated by stark figures showing how difficult the situation is for those living there.

On the front lines 800,000 people have no access at all to clean drinking water.
In the newly liberated cities of Mykolaiv and Kherson 100% of people have no clean water access.
Across the remainder of Ukraine 10-12 million only have irregular access to clean water.

RCEPI has joined forces with the ‘De Leeuw Kyiv Foundation’ (‘The Lion Kyiv Foundation’) which was founded by Emmeke Vierhout and Kees Huizinga and a group of other Dutch entrepreneurs who live and work in Ukraine.

Nazava water filters, certified by the WHO for bacterial removal, are produced in Indonesia and sent to The Netherlands for distribution. Nazava Water Filters empowers households to purify their tap, well or rainwater and make it safe to drink. One filter can provide a household of five people with 7,000 liters of purified water, which equals access to safe water for up to 2 years.

From The Netherlands the water filters are transported to the De Leeuw Kyiv Foundation. Twenty years of experience in Ukraine have created a large network with reliable contacts deep inside Ukraine. The Foundation is in control from collection to distribution: a lifeline that runs on experience and knowledge. The direct lines are also efficient and cost-effective, because they operate on an entirely voluntary basis. De Leeuw Kyiv works with other local organizations in Ukraine such as SaveUA, Charity Hearts, Dutch farmer in Ukraine, Healthcare4Ukraine and the Ukrainian Agri Council.

Following donations of almost 206,000 euros so far, 10,000 filters have been delivered to Ukraine and 7,000 distributed. We continue our effort to raise funds for additional filters that are to be distributed as of March, when many people are expected to return to the villages in the de-occupied areas to start working their land. In those areas safe drinking water is often not available. Therefore, if you can make a donation, no matter how small, many more Ukrainians can have access to safe water.

Thank you for making this winter and the upcoming spring a bit more bearable for those suffering by helping to provide clean water and save lives.

Your donation can be transferred to a bank account especially established for the water filters project. The full amount is used for the purchase of water filters; their transport to The Netherlands has already been provided for free by a major airline, while their distribution in Ukraine is done for free by volunteers.
Keep track of incoming donations and of the amount of water filters that have already been distributed and to whom.
The Portuguese Rotary Club Estoi Palace International cooperates with the foundation 'De Leeuw Kyiv' ('The Lion Kyiv') for the distribution of the filters in Ukraine. The filters are produced by Nazava Water Filters. The PA International Foundation assists with stakeholder coordination.