Access To Water (A2W) is a Swiss foundation, recognised for its public interests. It is involved with projects, which help with the access to drinking water, health and education in regions hit by water stress.

In addition to access to drinking water, these projects help create local jobs, especially for women and the younger generation.

First historical kiosk in the village of Diamniadio, Senegal
The kiosk in the village of Kidira in October 2018

Our impact

A2W offers a win-win business model, ensuring access to drinking water for impoverished populations, whilst assuring the financial sustainability of the project. All the projects at A2W are eco and socially responsible, while benefiting from their strong local roots. Moreover, A2W focuses on the social, economical, environmental and health impact of its projects. In this way, the projects have allowed notable improvements, as follows:

  • The overall health and wellbeing of populations, through the reduction of diseases found in brackish, polluted, or infected waters fighting water-related diseases and supporting pregnant women, young mothers and babies
  • The economy, with reduced levels of absenteeism at work, while creating several jobs
  • Education by improving children’s concentration at school and reducing absenteeism, to learn in better conditions
  • Life quality, which is tightly linked with rural exodus
  • The environmental footprint, with the decrease in waste, the recycling of jerry cans, the reduction of transport miles due to the production of water directly on the site of consumption

Our current projects

Today, Access To Water Foundation is active in two new projects:

Fighting bilharzia

In the Matam region in Senegal, A2W is working on a programme that fights bilharziasis and a programme that brings drinking water to health centers. This project is conducted in partnership with Merck’s societies, Off Grid Box and Better Shelter, as well as two important private donors. A2W focuses on creating new jobs, especially for women and the younger generation, and promoting awareness among the local populations of health issues linked to drinking water that is unfit for consumption.

Research and innovation
Countries under water stress

This research project aims to come up with innovative, low-cost and eco-friendly technical solutions, in order to offer access to drinking water to small communities such as schools, or health centers, situated in water stressed regions.

This project is carried out in collaboration with the centre ‘Essential Tech’ of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Haute École de l’Arc Jurassien (HE-ARC), and several private partners.

Diam'O's Water yearly production

Our impact in numbers

To this day, A2W and its original partner Swiss Fresh Water have installed more than 180 water filtration machines in Senegal. These machines are distributed between 150 water kiosks, reunited under the trademark Diam’O, and are operational both in urban communities and rural ones affected by water stress. The kiosks have positive local, social, economic and environmental impacts. 

Over the course of 7 years, the kiosks Diam’O have produced over 154 million litres of drinking water, including 36 million litres in 2019 alone, and have generated, directly and indirectly, over 600 jobs. At the end of 2019, A2W handed the chain of Diam’O kiosks over to Swiss Fresh Water SA; this enterprise is socially responsible, helping the development and attraction of private investors. These machines are still in use today.

A valued partner

For several years, A2W has worked in close collaboration with the NGO Access To Water Senegal, managed by Badara Diom, who is also the mayor of the Djirnda city in the Sine-Saloum island.




We are also very thankful to all other donors that support our mission. Particularly:

Rotary Club Genève-Lac, RC Genève, RC Genève Palais Wilson, RC Genève Sud, RC Portes de Lavaux, RC Yverdon-les-Bains, RC Dakar-Soleil, la Fondation Rotary, RC Lausanne, RC Muellheim Badenweiler, Ordre de Saint-Jean (Vaud et Suisse), Lions-Jorat, Soroptimist Lausanne et Suisse et de très nombreux donateurs privé.