Charity of the Month

Water Aid

Water Aid is our giving project for two months – here in the UK we have good access to clean water. For nearly everyone it’s just a matter of turning on the tap. For most of us too we have a flushing toilet in our homes. But this is not the picture across the world.

Three priorities of Water Aid are:

clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene facilities for all.

It works in 28 countries across the world to improve the situation.

Here are some statistics:

771 million people (more than 1 in 10 across the world) don’t have access to clean water close to home. This affects women and girls most as they are generally the one walking each day to get water – for girls this can mean a loss of education as well as free time and for women they are less likely to have time to work and bring in a family income

1.17 billion people (more than 1 in 5) don’t have a decent toilet of their own – this brings a huge increase in cases of diarrhoea and much more serious illnesses

Almost 1 in 3 people lack soap and water for handwashing at home and 1 in 3 healthcare facilities lack handwashing facilities in the place where healthcare is provided.

Access to clean water, a decent toilet and hygiene facilities are basic human rights and something we largely take for granted. Water Aid has already reached millions of people but there’s a long way to go until everyone has the essentials they need to lead dignified healthy lives.

There’s lots of information on the Water Aid website as well as stories which really being home the impact in people’s lives. To find out more and to donate go to: https://www.wateraid.org/uk/

 

 


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