Water Heroes Academy Spotlight: Mumbai

Water Heroes Academy, supported by Xylem and Cityzens Giving, is a global network of youth-led projects aimed at tackling water challenges in local communities using the power of football.

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In Mumbai, India, Young Leaders are working to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Through this project, Young Leaders have been going into the local community to understand the water-related issues that people are facing.

In India 88 million people lack access to safe water – that’s enough to fill the Mumbai Football Arena over 4500 times. 1

Varsha is a Young Leader from the community who has witnessed first-hand the impact that this project is having:

"I feel motivated when I see that I am able to better others' lives by creating awareness from what I have learnt.

We use football as a tool to tell everybody how we are finding solutions. We create awareness regarding issues related to water within the community."

At the start of the 2021/22 season, Xylem also installed a clean water tower in Mumbai, which produces a safe and long-term supply of fresh drinking water for 1,800 people per day.

This Cityzens Giving project is delivered in partnership with Magic Bus India Foundation, and generously supported by Xylem.

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Note 1: Source Hindustan Times, 2021