StreamServe, together with SAP, sponsors clean water for Ethiopia
Monday, October 19, 2009
Press release from the issuing company
BURLINGTON, Mass. & MUNICH, Germany – StreamServe, Inc., a leading provider of business communication solutions, announced today at the closing ceremonies of the 7th International SAP Utilities Conference 2009 in Munich, Germany, that it is co-sponsoring the Clean Water for Ethiopia project as part of SAP's global corporate responsibility program. Through this sponsorship, StreamServe and SAP AG donated 20,000 Euros to UNICEF, which will use the funds to dig additional wells, build latrines and educate the population in Ethiopia on proper hygiene.
Ethiopia is one of the driest countries on earth and the water supply is extremely poor, especially in rural areas. Close to 80 percent of Ethiopia's population does not have access to enough clean water to support basic living requirements. To meet the pressing need for clean water, UNICEF is currently drilling 80 new wells that transport ground water from a depth of 40 to 50 meters. The result is in less polluted water sources and wells that continue to work during periods of drought. Through these efforts, almost 40,000 people will be supplied with clean drinking water. Furthermore, an investment is being made to construct toilets for 30 schools in the area, and many educational training sessions have been set up. These sessions are aimed at teaching hygiene basics and the skills required to build latrines. UNICEF also helps maintain existing wells and invests further in educating and empowering locals with the skills needed to maintain the wells themselves.
The donation by StreamServe and SAP to UNICEF is part of SAP's global corporate responsibility program, which focuses on education and the environment, among other issues. In addition, it expands StreamServe's commitment to the environment that it established through its StreamServe Sustainability Program, which helps businesses become more cost-efficient while aiding them in achieving their goals of becoming less reliant on our planet's resources. The StreamServe Sustainability Program offers a series of research, best practices, and tools designed to help businesses determine the eco-savings that can be achieved through StreamServe's business communication solutions.
"For over 10 years, StreamServe and SAP have collaborated to deploy and support integrated dynamic billing and customer communication solutions at over 600 joint customer sites, including many of the largest utilities in the world," said Dennis Ladd, StreamServe president and CEO. "In addition to sharing a great desire to solving the business communication needs of today's utilities, StreamServe also shares SAP's commitment to improving the environment and helping those with the greatest of needs. We hope that our sponsorship with SAP of the Clean Water project will not only help provide improved water supplies and health education to the populations of Ethiopia, but also serve as a catalyst for other companies to join us in improving the environment and the world as a whole."
Since its founding in 1997, StreamServe has provided businesses in the financial services, utility and supply chain sectors with business communication solutions that meet the demanding challenges for producing and delivering highly customized documents in any format. StreamServe Utilities, an SAP-endorsed business solution, offers utilities an easy way to improve their customer and business communications through the delivery of highly-personalized documents and invoices in either paper or electronic format.