With our social projects, we intend to make a sustainable contribution to improving quality of life – by helping people in developing regions to have better basic sanitary services. And thus a fundamental resource.
2.6 billion people worldwide, including a billion children, currently live without any basic sanitary facilities whatsoever, putting the health of the affected people acutely at risk: devastating diseases such as cholera, malaria, dysentery and typhoid can spread rapidly as a result of inadequate hygiene. Every 20 seconds a child dies as a result of the effects of inadequate sanitary facilities; that amounts to 1.5 million avoidable deaths every year.
Geberit is not simply making money and materials available, but is instead planning, leading and coordinating the entire project with Geberit employees and apprentices. Every year since 2008, a group of Geberit apprentices has spent two weeks working on site. Ultimately, it is the young people who contribute concrete development work and put our sustainable commitment into practice.