Corinthia Hotels expands water aid charity work


LONDON, England – Alfred Pisani, Founder and Group Chairman of Corinthia Hotels, and Corporate Patron of international water aid charity, Just a Drop (JAD), has committed to a second Corinthia Hotels-sponsored clean water project in Tanzania, this time in the Kingazi Village outside of Dar es Salaam.

This is the second of a three-year commitment that Mr. Pisani, a nominee this year for Hotels magazine’s coveted “Hotelier of the Year” award, has made to the UK-based water charity.

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The second Corinthia clean water project, following the success of the first one inaugurated in the village of Tabata Bima in July 2012, will benefit a village to the west of Dar es Salaam. It is for the construction of a borehole, three storage tanks, and a pump house, as well as a water supply system. 640 pupils and teachers of Kingazi primary school and 12,200 members of the Kingazi community will benefit from this project.

Women and children in Kingazi are currently walking distances of up to 6 kilometers to reach water, and even then often the water they find and use is unsafe. Some women and girls in the area can spend a whole day collecting just 2 buckets of water which obviously leaves them little time for an education.

Added to this are the health problems caused by drinking dirty, unsafe water. This has the biggest impact on children who are more likely to contract water-borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery. Paying for medicine to resolve these health issues also puts a significant burden on what are already very poor families.

Fiona Jeffery OBE, Founder and Chairman, Just a Drop, said: “We are very appreciative of the support given by both Mr. Pisani and Corinthia Hotels. Their support in 2011/12 allowed Just a Drop to deliver a project in the Tabata Bima community in Tanzania, helping over 11,000 people. This second project will bring clean water to over 12,000 people in Kingazi, and will again save and change lives, especially for the children of the community.”

In announcing this year’s project, Alfred Pisani, Founder and Group Chairman of Corinthia Hotels, noted: “I am delighted to continue Corinthia Hotels’ support of Just a Drop. The hospitality business is a global activity and JAD’s mission is so compelling because it enables international hospitality companies like ourselves, to give back to the local communities around the world where we can make a difference by providing the basic human need – clean water. Africa, in particular, has so much potential, and the work JAD is engaged in puts a bright and healthy face on the future for the children and their families. We are proud to play a small part, through our support of JAD, in making a difference, village by village.”