By The Nation
The group’s Care4Water campaign, introduced last year, continues to provide access to clean water to people in need.
The initiative has continuously expanded in its second year.
Most recently, executives and volunteer staff led by president Stefan Teuchert and BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand managing director Jeffrey Gaudiano presented water filters to students and parents at Nikom Sang Ton Eng 9 in Rayong province.
The group in coming years plans to distribute at least 5,000 water filters, which collectively could sustain the health and lives of up to 500,000 people.
Care4Water campaign is a collaboration with Waves for Water, an American non-profit organisation that strives to provide access to clean water to people in need around the world.
Thailand is the first country in Asia that has initiated the project, which promises to reduce poverty as well as improving the quality of life and increasing overall health.
Representatives from BMW Group Thailand, its dealerships nationwide and Waves for Water have been teaching citizens how to install and maintain portable water filters.
Last year participating volunteers reached more than 17 communities in need, donating more than 1,300 filters, which could improve the lives of 144,000 individuals by giving them access to clean drinking water. One portable filter can generate clean water for up to 100 people and the knowledge can be passed on to other community members.