March 22 was World Water Day.
For those of us who started the day with a cup of tea or coffee, cleanded our teeth, flushed a lavatory, given our hands and faces a “lick and a promise”, or perhaps had a shower or a bath, withour evenin leaving the house, this may not seem very important.
However, life without a supply of clean drinkable water “tap” is the reality for 780 million people around the world who have no choice but to risk their health by drinking dirty water, often spending hours each day collecting it – time that could be spent in school or earning a living.
With 2,000 children dying every single day from diarrhoea caused by dirty water and poor sanitation, this is an issue we cannot ignore.
The charity WaterAid believes that getting access to water and sanitation to everyone everywhere is within reach. They say this fantastic goal could be achieved by 2030, and as a speaker and local supporter of WaterAid, I share its ambition where no one wants for thirst.
So, when you turn on the tap tomorow, please consider supporting WaterAid in our mission to save lives. Just £15 can transform a person’s life by enabling them to access clean water, improved hygiene and sanitation.
To find out more and to make a donation to support WaterAid’s work, visit www.wateraid.org/wwd.