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Brewgooder and Strathclyde University Utilise Data to Provide Clean Water in Malawi

Ross Kelly


Brewgooder Clean Water Malawi

Brewgooder wants to use the power of beer to provide clean water access to 4,000 people this Christmas.

Brewgooder has joined forces with Strathclyde University to help repair broken water wells in remote Malawian villages.

The Christmas campaign, Jingle Wells, is being crowdfunded through sales of Brewgooder’s craft lager.

Since its launch in November, the campaign has surpassed its £12,000 target, raising more than £14,000. This money will be directed to the Strathclyde Water Futures Programme.

Professor Bob Kalin, who leads the Strathclyde programme, said: “We’re delighted to receive the support of Brewgooder. The company recognises that to ensure a long-term solution to delivering clean water for all, we need to take a sustained, integrated and data-driven approach to water assets.”

Clean Water Assets

The programme is currently mapping every rural water asset in the country and gathering data on their functionality.

The team is working alongside local partners to ensure water boreholes and pumps are drilled, installed and maintained correctly.

Brewgooder and its donors will also be able to track the progress of repairs in real-time online, Strathclyde announced.

Ultimately, the aim of this is to provide the Government of Malawi with detailed insights into water assets and availability across the nation. Through this, the Government can implement strategies and build critical infrastructure to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development goal of clean water for all by 2030.

Established in 2016, the Glasgow-based ethical beer company donates all of its profits to clean drinking water and sanitation projects in a host of developing countries.

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Long-Term Solutions

Zoe Cuthbert joined Brewgooder in January 2017 as head of programmes and partnerships. Cuthbert previously studied International Law and Sustainable Development at Strathclyde University.

She said: “It’s great to be working with Professor Bob Kalin again. Bob’s a world-leader in his field and his academic work and credentials are phenomenal – after joining Brewgooder two years ago I was keen that we worked with Bob and his team on these water projects.

“The level of transparency and the fact they are working with the Government of Malawi to put in place long-term solutions was really appealing.”

To donate to Jingle Wells, and receive a reward of your choosing in return, visit the campaign website.

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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