By Tabitha Calnan
The issue of clean water is something incredibly few to no people reading this article will have experienced in their lifetime, but for many it is a stark reality. Nearly 1 in 10 people in the world still live without water and charity: water is making sure this isn’t forever. Already they have funded water projects that have supplied over 10 million people around the world with access to clean water, since the charity was set up in 2006, and they are not just stopping there. Eleanor from the charity speaks of their coming plans to introduce a sensor programme tracking where the water flows to in order to increase the sustainability of the projects and future proof their methods.
On the 21st of November they will be holding a ‘Spring Screening’ in Leeds, enabling them to spread the story of what their charity carries out to people who may have never heard of them. It will be held at 6:00pm at 34 Boar Lane Leeds, LS1 5DA, there will be a short film screening followed by a Question and Answer session if you wish to find out more how you can be part of the charity. Even if you can’t donate, you can still help fundraise, you can find out about opportunities through their fundraising platform, which will also be discussed at the event.
When talking to Eleanor she emphasised the importance coming into all communities to in order to solve the water crisis within our lifetimes. We must all come together and acknowledge the issue in order for it be solved and this is why events like the ‘Spring Screening’ are so vital for the organisation. They are transparent about how 100% of donations go straight into the field, and that major donors fund the infrastructure of the charity so this can continue to happen. Importantly, they don’t just supply water but also have a crucial awareness of the issues a lack of water can cause for a society. For, example the diseases that are caused by poor sanitation, the effects it has on education especially for girls and the affects it has on the women walking to collect the water day (women are responsible for 72% of the water collected in Sub-Saharan Africa).
The charity will continue to fight the injustice of a lack of clean water, and I hope to see you at the ‘Spring Screening’ in aid of the valuable work they are doing, and in turn the lives they are changing. So, as Eleanor says ‘we believe 9 in 10 of us can help’ the 1 in 10 to end the water crisis.
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