As a part of our weekly series of heroes changing the world, this week we have chosen a water change-maker, Edwin Broni Mensah.
Not long ago from now, Edwin was exploring ways in which he could gain easy access to tap water across the streets of Manchester to aid his exercise regime. To his surprise, majority of the cafes refused to offer free tap water to anyone that was not a customer even though it would cost the business close to nothing.
To add to the water accessibility issue present locally in the UK, Edwin realised that millions of people in different continents had no access to safe drinking water. According to the High Level Forum on World Water Day 2013:
The statistics call out for a rescue mission that aims to solve the water crisis in developing nations with a sustainable solution.
Edwin Broni Mensah made the decision to take up this challenged and introduced GiveMeTap.
With the new #MindTheTap campaign, Edwin has successfully tapped cafes all along zone 1 of the London underground. GiveMeTap aims to keep Londoners hydrated and happy during their commute throughout the year. Achieving success with corporates like Deloitte and Pizza Hut have also been huge milestones in the GiveMeTap journey and the team hopes to secure a lot more corporate deals over the months to come.
What’s more is that cafes not just in London and Manchester have shown interest in the project, the concept has been a big hit oversees including countries like the Netherlands, Ireland and the USA.
With the sun shining bright today, we suggest all you water lovers pop over to the GiveMeTap website to get your hands on their life-changing bottle and tap up at one of Londons cafes. You will be changing the way you drink water as well as those living in Africa - for every bottle you purchase, you will be contributing to water projects that provide safe and clean drinking water - win win!
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Buy a GiveMeTap metal water bottle, download the app, and a person in Africa gains access to clean drinking water. Google for Entrepreneurs has played a key role in GiveMeTap’s success from the beginning. It offered Founder Edwin Broni-Mensah a space to build a tight-knit team as well as an opportunity to be mentored by Google.
The Lovie Awards would like to honour Edwin Broni-Mensah with The Lovie Emerging Entrepreneur Award for starting the incredible social enterprise GiveMeTap right from his dorm room at university, and for using the Web to help people get access to clean water.