Water Aid offers hope this harvest

By staff writers
July 29, 2009

Faith groups are being asked by WaterAid to think of the millions of people in the world without safe water as they plan their harvest fundraising.

Four thousand children die every day from diseases caused by contaminated water and poor sanitation; 884 million people (almost one in eight of the world's population) do not have access to safe water; 2.5 billion people (almost two fifths of the world's population) do not have access to adequate sanitation

Backed by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, the charity WaterAid has put together a free harvest resource pack containing ideas for fundraising activities, a talk outline, collection envelopes and prayer and hymn suggestions. All money raised from the harvest appeal will go towards helping to provide clean water and sanitation to some of the world’s poorest people.

Dr Sentamu said: “In times of economic hardship it is the poorest people who suffer the most, and it is more important then ever that we help those who lack the most basic provisions. WaterAid helps the very poorest people get their first essential step out of poverty by giving them access to clean water and sanitation. Please join me in supporting their essential work.”

Money raised through previous harvest appeals has helped to transform thousands of lives by providing a reliable, safe water supply and hygienic toilets.

Esther Lucius, from Malawi explains how it has made a difference to her life: “I used to dig into the sand by the river for water but there was never enough. The people in the village used to get sick a lot. Now we have a tap and the water is so much cleaner and easier to get. People are sick much less now and because of this we are able to work more.

“Now I can water my garden and we grow vegetables that we weren’t able to grow before - paprika, onions, pumpkin, cassava and other things. We can now support our family with the income we get from selling some of the vegetables. Things are so much better now.”

Currently one in eight of the world’s population does not have access to clean, safe water but WaterAid projects can provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people at just £15 per head.

Community Fundraising Manager Victoria Rouse said: “WaterAid’s harvest appeal pack will help you plan activities and raise funds to transform lives. Just £15 is enough to give someone a lasting supply of clean water and sanitation. This harvest time please give water and give life."

To order a free harvest pack or for more information about the harvest appeal please call 020 7793 4594 or visit Water Aid Harvest

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