Water is a precious resource. This is especially true in the poor, rural areas of western Kenya. Considered a water-scarce region, here women and children often have to travel long distances to collect water. Water sources are frequently contaminated, leading to serious health problems such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A, dysentery, malaria, intestinal worms and trachoma. Time spent collecting and transporting water and being sick from waterborne diseases is time that could otherwise be spent working, studying and playing.

On the other side of the world, Sonoma County, California is a leader in water preservation. People often cite the phrase “brown is the new green” with respect to their lawns, and signs along freeways remind us to conserve water. In an area where so many are cognizant of the importance of water, it makes sense that members of the Sonoma County wine industry have joined together to bring clean water to primary schools in western Kenya through Vineyards to Villages (V2V).

In partnership with Global Partners for Development, a Rohnert Park, CA-based nonprofit organization supporting community-driven development work in East Africa, V2V has provided clean water, sanitation facilities and hygiene education at two primary schools in the region thus far. The goal is to bring clean water to every school in the Kasipul Constituency.

This September, V2V will host the 2nd annual V2V Wine Safari to give people the opportunity to drink boutique Sonoma County wines while bringing clean water to children in Africa. From September 3-11, the V2V Wine Safari offers tastings of exceptional high-end wines at 10 wineries in northern Sonoma County for $50 a ticket. All ticket sales go directly to V2V, and participating wineries donate 1/3 of the sales price of one of their wines to V2V throughout the event. For tickets and more information, visit http://gpfd.org/vineyards-to-villages/.