Hold a Big Collection at your school for Project Cascade and join the ECIS campaign for safe water in Nepal Bring the vital global issue of access to water and sanitation into a number of subject areas with a new project for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), while fundraising to help some of the poorest children in rural Nepal. Our tailored education resources will help teachers incorporate water into lessons and classroom activities. The project will give children a unique insight into the lives of children in communities in Nepal. Stories and updates from Nepal will show children and teachers the impact of their support. A dedicated contact at WaterAid will be on hand for fundraising ideas and advice. ECIS funds will support Project Cascade – which will help to provide sustainable access to water and sanitation in Nepal's rural villages. "I encourage ECIS member schools to raise funds to support the vital work of our partner charity, WaterAid. Clean, safe water is something no-one can do without and it saddens me that 2,000 children currently die every day from water-related diseases. We need to be active to ensure every child has safe water. "Supporting WaterAid's Project Cascade is a start and will bring safe water to the homes of hundreds of children in some of the poorest and most remote regions of Nepal. Using WaterAid's educational resources will help you bring this work to life in the classroom. As teachers this is a great way to inspire children to care about global issues, the most basic one of which is water. Together we can transform lives." - Jean Vahey, Executive Director, ECIS You can help to fund more projects like the one in the village of Piplegaun, where a gravity flow scheme has been working for a year now, and every house has a toilet. Ambika Sarki, a mother of four from Piplegaun, used to walk for 30 minutes to collect a bucket of water, and did this ten times every day. She remembers first hearing about the project: "There was a buzz in the village that something was going to happen. In the beginning we did not believe that a water supply would be so easy but later we found it was true. I was so happy when the tap was built – because now I can do whatever I want with the water. We three households use the tap – we all gathered there when it was installed." Now Ambika can access clean, safe water near to her house and no longer has to walk every day to collect water. Gravity flow schemes such as this one are just one of the innovative practical solutions your pupils can learn about by taking part in this project. Please hold a Big Collection for WaterAid and join ECIS in helping more children and families in Nepal take their first, essential step out of poverty!