Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water employee to visit WaterAid’s work in India
A Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Countryside Ranger will get to see first-hand how international charity WaterAid transforms lives when she visits the charity’s safe water and sanitation projects in India later this month.
Mother-of-two, Sorcha Lewis lives and works in the Elan Valley. She will be representing the water company on the week-long trip, departing on February 16, along with fundraisers from eleven other water companies. Sorcha will meet with communities to find out what life is like without safe water and sanitation and visit WaterAid projects in both urban slums and rural villages to see how the money raised by Welsh Water employees and customers is making a difference.
India has a population of over one billion. Diseases are common throughout the country due to contaminated drinking water sources and poor sanitation. WaterAid estimates that only 31% of the population has adequate sanitation and 320,000, children under five die every year as a result of this.*
As part of the trip, to the Madhya Pradesh region of India, Sorcha will spend time with a local family living without clean water and sanitation, learning first-hand about the challenges they face without access to these vital resources. She will also meet children from local schools, sit in on hygiene education sessions, take part in some construction work and learn how access to clean water and sanitation has helped transform people’s lives
Sorcha Lewis said: “As a mother myself, I find it very sad and shocking that 2,000 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. Clean water is something we take for granted in the UK, but some people have no choice but to drink dirty water that could make them ill, or worse.”
“This trip is a chance for me to see for myself the work that WaterAid is doing to change this and I hope to use my experiences to inspire even more people at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water to get involved and raise funds for this vital cause.”
Every hour, WaterAid helps over 100 people gain access to clean water in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Trip leader, Isabelle Herszenhorn, from WaterAid, said: “The money raised by Welsh Water fundraisers like Sorcha helps WaterAid change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people, bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. This is a great opportunity for her to see first-hand how hard work and generosity here has made a real difference to communities in India.
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water is actively involved in a wide range of fundraising activities every year. In the past eight years staff have raised over £840,000. The company has also supported WaterAid through the annual customer appeal. Since it was launched in 1993, customers have given over £3.5 million – enough to help over 450,000 people gain access to safe, clean water and sanitation.
For more information please see www.wateraid.org
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 and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 17.5 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 12.9 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
- Around 2,000 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
- 783 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world's population.
- 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world's population.
- For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
- Just £15 can enable one person to access a lasting supply of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.