For almost 10 years, A2W has developed projects which aim to give access to clean drinking water to all, everywhere. The foundation guarantees the non-lucrative aspect of its activities, and ensures that its projects allow the creation of jobs, particularly for women and the younger generation, while coming up with solutions to health issues linked to water.

Fight against bilharzia

In partnership with Merck’s society, Access To Water is developing a programme fighting against bilharzia in the Matam region in Senegal. It is also creating a programme which works on giving access to drinking water to health centers in that region. This project is also carried out in partnership with the societies Off Grid Box and Better Shelter, and two other important private donors.

Research and Innovation

This research project aims to come up with innovative technical, low-cost and eco-responsible solutions, in order to offer access to drinking water to small communities such as schools or health centers, situated in water stressed areas. This project is carried out in collaboration with the ‘Essential Tech’ of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Haute École de l’Arc Jurassien (HE-ARC), and several private partners.


The water filtration machine developed and built by Swiss Fresh Water, providing rock-solid reliability, has been the catalyst for the drinking water network installed in Senegal from 2011 to 2019.

A good machine alone is not enough; A2W has been able to rely on an innovative business model, on high managerial skills as well as on the technical supervision and administrative monitoring of its two partners in the field; namely, the society “SENOP” and the NGO “A2W Senegal” managed by Badara Diom and, of course by, SFW. Depending on needs and on the evolution on the ground, some kiosks have been moved during operation to ensure the needs of the population are better met.

The project received “impact loans” which are financial loans destined to support projects with low monetary returns but that have important health, social, economical and environmental impacts. These loans have helped the installation of these water kiosks in medium-sized towns. A2W has also successfully raised funds through donations, in order to install kiosks in rural areas, as the foundation could not ensure a sufficient return to reimburse its loans.

Access to water greatly improves the health crisis of the population in these areas and hinders urban migration. Relying on loans for financially sustainable projects, and on private donations for economically non viable but necessary ones, the project aims to supply drinking water without having any commercial discrimination. A2W would like to extend its gratitude to all its financial partners, institutional or private.

  • 2020

    - Projet en mémoire d’Alice Prod’Hom. Installation de système de traitement d’eau dans des écoles coraniques et françaises, aux confins du Sénégal. En cours d’installation.

    - Projet de lutte contre la bilharziose.

    - Recherche et innovation : solutions techniques adaptées aux conditions locales.

  • 2019

    - Awareness raising campaigns educating people about water access, water management, on water quality and hygiene and water related diseases and solar energy under the name “Access To Water and Solar Energy for All!”; co-financed by the “Tauw Foundation” and in partnership with “Little Sun”.

    - Preparation of the fight against bilharzia project, in the Matam region in Senegal.

    - Preparations for the hand over of the activities of the water kiosks from SFW to Diam’O, in order to further develop these activities with the help of private funds.

  • 2018

    - Awareness raising campaigns about water related diseases, and job training related to drinking water. This job training is mostly targeted at women and the younger generation, in order to create jobs and reduce the rural exodus.

    - Continuation of the project supported by the OFID.

  • 2017

    - Kiosk installations in 3 villages in Senegal (Lindiane, Diarrère, Djifer).

    - Start of the second part of the project supported by the OFID, which has enabled the installation of 25 new kiosks in the groundnut basin. In total, these 91 kiosks have enabled over 150’000 people to gain a new access to drinking water.

    - Swiss student action. Senegal: 600 students in schools in Senegal have received drinking water daily thanks to the financial support from students of St. George’s International School, in Clarens in Switzerland.

  • 2016

    - The Rotary Club Geneva-Lake sets up a Global Grant. Geneva-Lake, Geneva, Geneva Palais Wilson, Geneva South, Portes de Lavaux, Yverdon and Dakar-Soleil will support the project. Thanks to everyone’s contribution, to the support of District 1990, and to the Rotary International Foundation, more than 120’000 US$ have been devoted to the project which started in 2016. The project will have to evolve, in particular due to governance issues. Finally, 5 water kiosks are built in the Tambacounda region and in the Senegal River Valley.

    - Installation of several kiosks and distributions in schools, particularly thanks to an important private donor.

  • 2015

    - The OFID (l’OPEC Fund For International Development) co-finances the installation of 66 kiosks in the groundnut basin; a region in Senegal where access to water is limited and the quality is poor according to the WHO standards.

    - The Junior Chamber International (JCI) organisation has supported the foundation’s activities by enabling the installation of a new water kiosk, installed in 2015 in Ndioulbeth, a small village in the groundnut basin.

  • 2014

    - Installation of an important kiosk in Gossas, thanks to a donation from the Lions Club - Jorat.

    - Construction of Diamniadio’s permanent kiosk, a small island in the delta of Sine-Saloum where the whole A2W project started. A donation from the Order of St-Jean, which enabled the construction and daily distribution of drinking water in Koranic and French schools. Until then the installation was only provisory. This village has become a “control village” and a reference in the project.

  • 2013

    Several important private donors have enabled the installation of over 12 kiosks in the Fatick region in Senegal.
  • 2012

    Start of the project in the Fatick region, more precisely in the Sine-Saloum islands in Senegal.