Fantini Fountain Initiative – Burundi
Over 100 Fantini drinking fountains for Africa
Soon after getting back to work at the start of the new year, Daniela Fantini, proprietor of Fantini Rubinetti, a major company headquartered in Pella sul Lago d’Orta, Italy, was pleased to announce that the target set in 2012 under the 100 FONTANE_FANTINI FOR AFRICA project – in other words to bring clean water to the population of Masango in Burundi – has been achieved.
In about two years, and in the face of considerable difficulties, the results on the ground are: 12 water sources that capture water from rock; 27 kilometres of aqueduct; 100 drinking fountains already in operation and 30 more close to completion.
“The key goal of the project“, explained Daniela Fantini “was to enable children to spend far less time fetching water and to spend that time on schooling instead, by way of a first step in laying the foundations for a better future. In the near future, meanwhile, there is plenty of scope for new projects aimed at consolidating and implementing the positive effects of “100 Fontane”, and we are working on them!”
The target of building more than the 100 Fountains first planned was achieved through the enthusiasm and participation of everyone, in Italy and abroad, thanks to donations from Fantini’s customers and agents, the campaign to reissue the I Balocchi collection, and unexpected donations from generous members of the public.
Link to full story : http://www.fantini.it/public/CMS/Files/3641/100%20FONTANE_110000286REV0000.pdf
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A comic-strip name. Pop-art forms. Garish colours. I Balocchi, the first series of coloured taps that met with enormous success on the market, brushing aside all the competition on the visual panorama of the sector as soon as it was presented at the Conference and Exhibition in Milan in 1978. Today I Balocchi are a historical icon of the company and rightfully have a place in the history of the Italian design of industrial products. The leading players then: two young designers – Davide Mercatali and Paolo Pedrizzetti – in their first experience of design in this field, and a company – Fantini – that instinctively embraced a totally innovative idea, making it its own, believing in it, investing in it and communicating it with force. That was back in 1978. The rest, the enormous commercial and media success and the international launch of the brand, is history. I Balocchi Contribute To Building 100 Fontane: Fantini for Africa. They are the icon of our company par excellence. We love I Balocchi for what they represent in the
history of Fantini. We believe they are still topical. And so we re-edit them, updating them in some of their details and types. I Balocchi = Colour has always been the key word. White, Black, Red+chrome are today the base colours. Then, on request, we can supply all the colours of the world, opening up I Balocchi to a boundless chromatic project. Throughout 2013 sales of “I Balocchi” will contribute to creating the Fantini for Africa Fountains. With every 10 sets of I Balocchi installed we will be able to finance a new fountain, which will be added to the hundred that the company will be sure to build in any case.
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