Our man in Madagascar goes to Glastonbury

As he looks forward to his first ever Glastonbury, Ernest Randriarimalala, our Voices from the Field Officer in Madagascar, tells us why he'll be making it happen for taps and toilets on Worthy Farm this summer.


17 Jun 2015

I am so excited about being at Glastonbury. It's a unique experience for me. I have an eclectic music taste and I can't wait to see so many internationally famous singers (especially Lionel Richie!).

But, most importantly, I am looking forward to meeting all of the festival-goers and telling them about WaterAid's work in countries like Madagascar.

In my country, nearly 11 million people don't have clean water to drink and over 18 million have nowhere safe and hygienic to go to the toilet. 

The festival is such a great opportunity to talk to people about clean water and toilets. When I tell you that one in three people worldwide (2.5 billion) don't have a toilet at all, and one in ten (748 million) have to drink dirty water, I know you'll be as motivated to change this as I am.

I'll be working with WaterAid's amazing volunteers at our water kiosks and toilets across the festival site. 

The water kiosks are just like the ones we use in Madagascar. There, people are trained as water sellers, managing a kiosk and providing clean water to their community for an affordable fee. The seller can then pay the water bills each month and make a little bit of money to support themselves and their family.

Some people also use the kiosks to sell soap or groceries, helping them earn more money and lift themselves out of poverty.

A water kiosk in Madagascar Ernest visits a water kiosk in Madgascar.
Photo: WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

Taps and toilets for everyone, everywhere by 2030 is so, so important. I'll be asking you to help WaterAid Make It Happen, by signing our petition, painting your thumb blue and raising awareness on social media.

In September, world leaders will be deciding the framework for international development for the next 15 years and we need to make sure they prioritise water and sanitation in the Sustainable Development Goals.

It's going to be a great few days on the farm! Mandra-pihaona! (That's 'see you soon' in Malagasy.)

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