Access to Water

Access To Water (A2W) is a foundation under Swiss law, recognised as a public utility, active in projects for access to drinking water, health, education and job creation (primarily for women and young people) in regions suffering from water stress.

These projects aim to bring about a significant improvement in:

The basic health of the population, through the reduction of diseases caused by brackish, polluted or infected water.

The local economy, by reducing absenteeism from work due to illnesses related to drinking unsafe water and by creating jobs in the projects.

The quality of local life, thereby reducing the rural exodus.

The ecological footprint of water consumption, by eliminating disposable plastic bottles and reducing transport by producing drinking water at the consumption sites.

Access to Water
Access to Water

Since 2012, A2W projects have distributed more than 150 million litres of drinking water in rural areas of Senegal, where water is scarce, fluoridated, polluted and often salty.


Today, A2W is working on two separate projects :

Access to free drinking water in schools and health centres in Senegal.

Since 2019, A2W has been working on a programme to provide free drinking water to schools, health centres and women’s groups in Senegal. At the end of 2021, a new phase will begin with the daily distribution of 2 litres of free water to over 83 thousand people. This project is made possible by the support of the Swiss bank Lombard Odier and the local, regional and national authorities in Senegal. An impact cockpit is updated regularly.

Research and Innovation.

A2W is working on the development of innovative, low-cost and eco-responsible technical solutions to provide access to drinking water for small communities. This research, supported by the Valery Foundation and several private partners, is carried out in collaboration with the ‘Centre Essential Tech de l’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)’ and the ‘Haute École de l’Arc Jurassien (HE-ARC)’.

Along the Senegal River a group of young girls fetch water from the marigot.

Access to water - Solution

Our Solution

2022 : The technical solution can treat dirty, polluted or brackish raw water with up to 4 g of salt per litre. It is connected via a Swiss network of nano satellites with Astrocast.

Depending on conditions, it produces up to 1,500 litres of osmosis drinking water per day and up to 3,000 litres of household water, ideal for washing up, laundry, showering and hand washing.

Drinking water

Drinking water (ultra-filtration and reverse osmosis)

Household water

Household water (ultra filtration)

©Axel Ripper

In the east of the Fatick region, water is present in this well at a depth of about 30 m

High quality collaboration

For several years, A2W has been working closely with the NGO Access To Water Senegal, headed by Badara Diom, mayor of the commune of Djirnda, in the Sine Saloum islands.

Thank you to our partners for ongoing projects :

Thank you to our partners who, since 2012, have made our projects possible :

We would also like to thank the following donors who support our mission. In particular:

Rotary Club Genève-Lac, RC Genève, RC Genève Palais Wilson, RC Genève Sud, RC Portes de Lavaux, RC Yverdon-les-Bains, RC Dakar-Soleil, the Rotary Foundation, RC Lausanne, RC Muellheim Badenweiler, Ordre de Saint-Jean (Vaud and Switzerland), Lions-Jorat, Soroptimist Lausanne and Switzerland, the Denantou Foundation and many private donors.

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