I’m raising money for 2 charities:
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.
- 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.
- In 2012, thanks to Vistaprint, I went with a group of people to Sierra Leone to run the first ever Sierra Leone marathon, organised for and by Streetchild of Sierra Leone. This is a small charity doing big things.
Sierra Leone was helped out of a war which was a struggle against foreign geurilla groups by the British army over 10 years ago but the country is still finding its feet. Streetchild was founded and is run by the son of the Leader of the British army who liberated Sierra Leone and this is why you can have confidence that the money will go to the projects and not corrupt officials.
I saw first-hand where the money goes to and can say that this charity not only gets kids off the streets, and back with their families, it also supports families so that these children have hope, education and a chance to lead the normal life we take for granted. These kids would be on the street, or fall into prostitution. It’s unthinkable and wrong, and your money can change that. Just £50 puts a child through school for a whole year and a smile back on their faces.