Some 45,000 Kenyans will be provided with clean water and sanitation, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Starbucks Foundation to the International Medical Corps.
The Corps will put the money toward a two-year water and sanitation program in the Samburu District of central Kenya, a remote region of the country located 200 miles from the capital, Nairobi.
The effort is expected to increase access to clean water, establish infrastructure to maintain wells and provide residents with hygiene awareness.
Residents of the district frequently must travel several miles to find water, and are often at the mercy of unpredictable rainy seasons, according to a press release.
The money was made available through Starbucks’ Ethos Water Fund, which receives proceeds from the sale of Ethos brand water at Starbucks coffee shops.