Cleaning the Path to a Healthier Future 

An estimated 2.3 billion people lack access to improved sanitation – defined as facilities that hygienically separate human excreta from human contact. Uganda, as one of the poorest countries in the world, is in dire need of sanitary improvements. Many people in rural areas and even the outskirts of major cities rely on pit latrines or outhouses as their bathrooms. If untreated, pit latrines can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, germs and viruses, which contaminate your environment and spread diseases, such as malaria and diarrhea.

 

To address this vital issue, Lonza Water Treatment is teaming up with the non-governmental organization Clean Habitat Uganda to provide our HTH Scientific® sanitizer tablets for use in treating pit latrines. Clean Habitat Uganda will distribute our sanitizing tablets to communities serving 5,000 homes. Since the kick-off in 2015, the project has evolved and is continuously expanding its reach into the communities.

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Supporting Vitamin Angels Programs

Lonza’s Nutrition business supports Vitamin Angels, a global charity that helps at-risk populations in need – specifically, pregnant women, new mothers and children under five – gain access to lifesaving and life-changing vitamins and minerals. We have been a supporter of Vitamin Angels since 2005. In 2016 Lonza donated vitamin B3 compounds to help Vitamin Angels reach 300,000 expecting and new mothers in over 50 countries. 

 

Refurbishing a Rural School in Jamaica

Early in 2017, Lonza Water Treatment's Surface Water group partnered with their customers to renovate and improve the Woodlands Basic School in a remote, impoverished community of Montego Bay in Jamaica. This project was a part of the annual PEACH™ charitable outreach work performed jointly between Lonza and our customers.

The goals of our PEACH™ projects (People Extending a Caring Hand) are to give Lonza customers and employees the opportunity to improve the lives of others and in doing so to strengthen the ties between us. Before the group even arrived, local contractors, sponsored by Lonza, built an addition to the school. The addition included a new roof that enclosed a courtyard for additional classroom space. Once the preparations were complete, 31 volunteers arrived to donate their time and efforts toward an extensive makeover that included beautifying the new classroom, installing doors and windows, installing a water tank that will allow the children to have continuous access to clean water, and assembling and painting new picnic tables for the children to enjoy their tropical surroundings.

The volunteer work took place during the group’s annual retreat, a rewards trip for the top professional applicators who use Applied Biochemists® products. This rewards program allows Lonza to connect directly with the customers using our products - the customers who treat toxin-producing algae and cyanobacteria in drinking water reservoirs or who help to eliminate the nuisance weeds that block irrigation canals. In addition to the volunteer work, the team gathered for a business meeting, featuring updates from Lonza technical experts. The group also donated school supplies to the 30 children of Woodlands Basic School. The children range in age from 2 to 6 years old.

 

Lonza's Response to Hurricane Harvey

The devastating storms in the U.S. Southeast in August and September 2017 had fortunately only minimal impact on our sites in the areas of Houston, TX; Tampa, FL; and Greenwood, SC. Operations were interrupted only for a few days, we had little to no damage and, most importantly, all of our employees and their families were safe. As a concerned organization, Lonza immediately donated money for overall disaster relief; and our employees, in addition, supported many local relief activities.