UK public digs deep for Malawi, £1.2m Raised WaterAid
By Amalawi - Thu Aug 02, 8:39 pm
By Laura Crowley (WaterAid)
Just six weeks after launching The Big Dig Appeal, international charity WaterAid has smashed its £1.2m fundraising target. Thanks to the generosity of the UK public, the charity will now be able to bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene to 134,000 people in Malawi.
However, the charity does not want to stop there. It is now asking the public to help transform even more lives by reaching the £2m mark by the time the appeal ends on 18 September.
The Big Dig launched on 18 June with the support of more than 30 commercial radio stations. All donations are being matched pound for pound by the UK Government from the aid budget, helping WaterAid reach twice as many people. Just over £600,000 has been donated by the public so far and doubled by the Government, bringing the grand total to over £1.2m.
Supporters have a unique opportunity to follow the journey of two communities, Bokola and Kaniche, as they gain access to these vital services. Bokola is located in the central region of Malawi and is in Mchinji district. The Big Dig Blog (www.thebigdig.org) features live updates from two project officers and gives people the chance to meet community members and see how WaterAid is transforming lives.
Mercy Masoo, WaterAid’s Country Representative in Malawi, said: “On behalf of the entire team in Malawi, and most importantly the people of Bokola, Kaniche and the other communities that will benefit from The Big Dig, I would like to thank everyone who has supported the appeal and become part of this story of change.
“I can’t wait to see children in these communities drinking water from safe sources, and women and girls no longer having to waste precious time collecting dirty water. The money raised really will change lives in Malawi.”
Seventeen-year-old Howard from Bokola village helps his mother by collecting water two to three times a day, with each trip taking one hour. He knows this time could be spent studying or playing football, which he loves.
He says: “We go to collect water after school hours and it makes me feel very tired. When I pick up my exercise books to read, I don’t have much concentration. In the future I want my family to have clean water and my siblings will have healthy bodies.”
Find out more and be part of The Big Dig at www.thebigdig.org
The Big Dig appeal is being backed by may celebrities:
Singer and television personality Rachel Stevens
Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar
Actor Hugh Bonneville
Former boxer Joe Calzaghe
Rock band Biffy Clyro
Dancer Camilla Dallerup and her husband, actor Kevin Sacre
Television personality Lorraine Kelly
Television personality Joanna Lumley
Former footballer Cyrille Regis
Actor John Simm
Singer and presenter Denise Van Outen
Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh
Singer Kim Wilde
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Over the past 30 years, WaterAid has reached 15.9 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 11 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org , follow @wateraid on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid
783 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is around 1 in 10 people worldwide.
2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation. This is around 1 in 3 people worldwide.
For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, £8 is returned in increased productivity.
Just £15 can enable one person to access safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.