Would I like to walk miles every day just to come back with a small amount of dirty water? Is it fair that some people have to do this, when many of us have water flowing so freely, that we are able to water our gardens and fill our kids paddling pools? of course it is not.
When you stop to think about it we all know that living without clean water and sanitation can have far reaching consequences, trapping families in a vicious cycle...
Their project is called Turn on the Tap and they have already taken 1 million people out of water poverty and with this campaign they are aiming for another 250,000. Currently every 20 seconds a child dies as a result of exposure to dirty water.
They are asking people to do a sponsored walk, along with family and friends to raise funds to help them offer better water solutions to those in developing countries. They have dedicated the weekend of June 10 - 12th as the 'Walk for Water' weekend. What a simple but effective concept! They are even doing a treasure hunt to make this fun for the kids.
What would your raised funds do exactly?
- Just £15 can give a family in Niger access to a community latrine - no more shame and contaminated water.
- £26 can give a child in Mozambique access to a nearby well with a handpump - no more walking miles for water.
- £48 (hardly even a meal out for a family of 5) can give a mother in Uganda clean water in her home through a BioSand water filter - no more sickness for her and her family.
This does not have to be a massive affair, even if just your family did it and raised £50 then you will have helped in a big way. This is exactly what our family will be doing... I have sent off for my sponsorship forms... Will you?