India

Swarovski Waterschool partner: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India and India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF)

In 2006, in partnership with WWF India, Swarovski Waterschool India began working in and around Keoladeo and Ranthambore National Parks in Rajasthan. In 2016, Swarovski Waterschool launched a new model in India with two NGO partners in the States of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh on the Ganges River. Waterschool trainers, teachers and children are working together to provide safe water, adequate sanitation and good hygiene practices, both upstream and downstream, while working in close collaboration with the government of India’s Ganges Clean Up and Safe Water Acts and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance.

10,300

Students
educated

152

Schools
reached

370

Teachers
trained

30,500

Community
members
involved

The main objective for Swarovski Waterschool India is to ensure sustainable water supplies while educating school children on water conservation and environmental protection. Students in grades six to eight participate in five day learning programs and have the opportunity to participate in workshops at the National Chambal Sanctuary. Swarovski Waterschool India is also working to create teams of “Young Environmental Leaders,” who would engage with communities for sustainability of the project, and to generate small-scale solutions for local water supply and sanitation facilities.
In addition to the new locations in the north of India in 2016, Swarovski Waterschool India will also begin working with two schools nearby a Swarovski factory in Pune in the south of India. Mostly the children of employees are attending these schools, so extending the program here further supports the company’s philosophy of giving back to employees.