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22.02.2021 - News

Gravit'eau Wins a Humanitarian Innovation Fund

Gravit'eau  has been awarded a prestigious Elhra Humanitarian Innovation Fund's (HIF) Journey to Scale grant!

A mobile handwashing station designed for water-scarce and crisis settings, Gravit'eau reduces water use by up to 99% per handwash when compared to other systems - all without chemicals or electricity.

Gravit'eau was co-designed by Terre des hommes Foundation in partnership with the Gravit'eau Association, the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), SKAT Consulting Ltd, MARTIN Systems, Cesvi Foundation and RANAS. Currently, it is being piloted across a range of contexts without functional water supplies, including refugee and internally displaced person camps, primary health care facilities and schools in Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso, reaching some of the world's most vulnerable communities.

Gravit'eau has been previously recognized as "Outstanding" by the  Korean World Water Challenge  2020. Tom, our Business Development Officer, accepts this prize in the below video.

Gravit'eau pilot programs currently target the most vulnerable populations in refugee and internally displaced person (IDP) camps, primary health care facilities and schools in Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso that don't have functional water supply systems.

The prestigious Elrha HIF is investing £ 580,000 to increase the reach of Gravit'eau with aspirations towards mass humanitarian rollout. In the next 15 years, Gravit'eau could reach up to 2.5million people daily across 10 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

If there's anything that the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced, it's that increasing access to safe, sustainable sanitation is more important than ever. 

Hand washing saves lives. It's that simple.