SUN4PEOPLE addresses those situations in which the use of solar energy could solve local communities’ needs and make a difference in their lives. We started SUN4PEOPLE because we strongly believe that we can improve living standards of the world’s poorest people by using solar energy..
Our first project, Sun4Water™, started with the idea that every human being has a right to drink clean water. Although modern technologies are able to treat water, the World Health Organization nevertheless estimates that 768 million people lack access to improved water sources*. As of 2006, more than 1 billion people did not have access to safe drinking water. 88% of diarrhea cases – responsible for 3 million deaths every year – are attributable to unsafe water supplies and poor/inadequate sanitation and hygiene systems. Diseases resulting from contaminated water comprise 80% of the total disease burden. It is estimated that up to half of all hospital beds in the world are occupied by victims of water contamination.
Our mission is to supply affordable clean water and some degree of electricity in a world where an estimated billion people lacks access to acceptable drinking water sources and 1.5 billion to electricity. Everyone today should have access to drinking water, and we are proud to say that we have found an affordable system to deliver it.
SUN4PEOPLE is an Italian-based NGO (ONLUS), headquartered in Catania. We work with partners from different part of the country. We collaborate with socially aware businesses that are invested in the communities that surround them, as we all share a fundamental belief in making the world a better place.
* Based on available aggregated WHO data. Reliability of data on water quality is questionable, and electricity, depending on the location, could be at best intermittent. Better metrics, such as critical illnesses and deaths partially attributable to contaminated water, are not currently available.
Sun4Water and its project draw on the experience of top managers in multinational and international companies and organizations (STMicroelectronics, IBM, Flextronics, UBIBanca), former deans and presidents of some of the most prestigious international universities (ETH Zurich, Stanford), who will serve on the advisory board.
Sun4People strongly believes in a fair, environmentally conscious, corruption-free society. We strive to improve people’s lives and support compliance with local regulations on labor. We share the UN Global Compact’s ten principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Furthermore, we believe in transparent, comprehensible and accurate information about our organization, devices and partners. Additional information can be provided upon request, if it is not currently available on the website.
To our customers and our worldwide community, SUN4PEOPLE intends to support and respect local communities while working in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner. We guarantee efficiency, resistance and durability of our devices in line with their specifications, and output water that complies with World Health Organization quality standards.