Bishop’s Harvest appeal raises over £61,000 for WaterAid


24 Apr 2017

Schools and churches in the diocese of St Albans have raised over £61,000 for WaterAid through the Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal. The appeal has funded a project in the Bongolava region of Madagascar, which will help bring clean water and sanitation to over 35,000 people. 131 water points and 8 school toilet blocks will be built, and water committees will be trained to look after the water points for the long-term.

This incredible amount has been raised through dedicated churches and schools in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire holding collections at their Harvest services, as well as Harvest suppers, cake sales, auctions and a barn dance.

Felicity de Ste Croix from WaterAid said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled by the amazing support from churches and schools within the Diocese of St Albans who got involved with the Bishops’ Harvest Appeal. Through their fantastic fundraising efforts, we’ll be able to make a life changing difference to thousands of people living in Madagascar with clean water, toilets and hygiene training.”

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