Pump aid’s partnership with Waiākea water
Waiākea water and Pump Aid are proud to have been partners for 10 years. Waiākea Hawaiian Volcanic Water was founded in 2012 as the first bottled brand of Hawaiian volcanic water. But being the first of its kind was not enough; the creation of the brand meant something much deeper for Waiākea.
The source of Waiākea water is located deep below volcanic rock, but the heart is in community spirit, and giving back. We were thrilled that Waiākea water decided to become a partner of Pump Aid.
“Supporting clean water as a social initiative was an obvious decision for us as at Waiakea water. Sanitation and safe water access is the root to so many of these communities’ hardships, and is grossly overlooked. There is a simple solution that we can implement together that can and does have profound impact,”Ryan Emmons, founder of Waiākea Hawaiian Volcanic Water, told Bevnet.
Both Pump Aid and Waiākea have grown together significantly during our partnership. When Waiākea water joined forces with Pump Aid in 2012, our work was concentrated in the district of Mchinji. As of 2022, we are now active in six districts across Malawi.
Pump Aid’s growth is not just geographic. In 2012, our focus was on the installation of the elephant pump. Now, our work is multi-faceted and integrated, as we now work to improve pre-school health, help rural Malawians invest in their own water supply, and develop water entrepreneurs to become mechanics to carry out community pump repairs.
Sustainably creating jobs, opportunity and prosperity; a hand-up, not a hand-out. Such growth in operations that is only possible with regular, reliable support.
Waiākea’s own growth has been significant. In 2017, a mere five years after establishing, they were named as one of the fastest growing companies in America. They have continued to grow and earlier this year launched the volcanic coffee range.
Alongside a partnership with Pump Aid, Waiākea water gives back to the very place their naturally alkaline water is sourced on The Big Island of Hawai’i. Through their Kōkua Initiative, they have supported a range of community initiatives across the islands and have partnered with over eighty non-profit organizations to date.
It’s no surprise that Waiākea’s portfolio of partners includes professional sports heroes such as the NFL’s Myles Garrett and NBA Champion Klay Thompson.
A ten year partnership between us an ocean away has seen something enormously positive. A shared vision of clean water access and sustainable development has meant that in ten years Waiākea has provided more than 6 billion litres of clean water to those who need it the most.