People's Postcode Lottery players donate £651,603 to WaterAid

The incredible generosity of People’s Postcode Lottery players will help us continue to transform lives in Zambia, through access to clean, safe water.

29 Jan 2016

Thanks to the amazing generosity of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, WaterAid struck it lucky last night – and received a cheque for an incredible £651,603.

The cheque was awarded at the annual People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala, which was attended by a host of famous faces, including Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, and human rights activist Shami Chakrabarti.

"The support of People's Postcode Lottery players is making an incredible impact on the lives of those without access to safe water and toilets," says Lydia Zigomo, WaterAid’s Head of Region – East Africa.

"Such basic facilities are transformational. They help children to stay in school and benefit from a good education, mothers have more time to spend with their families and earn a living, and whole communities can lift themselves out of poverty."

‘Having water here means life for us’

In a triple rollover, this is the third year in a row People’s Postcode Lottery players have supported WaterAid, and the money raised will help fund projects like those in Hamakumo village in Zambia.

Rona Mweemba and her daughter Lwindi, working in their garden in Hamakumo, Monze district, Zambia.Rona with her daughter Lwiindi in their garden in Hamakumo, Zambia.

When the village borehole stopped working last year the impact was immediately felt by all.

“A lack of water means poverty for me and many other women in our village,” Rona, a resident of Hamakumo, explains.

But thanks to the support of People’s Postcode Lottery players, the community were able to work together to fix the problems.

Now clean water is flowing again – and Rona can return to selling the lush vegetables she grows in her garden.

“Having water here means life for us. It means we can eat and earn money for a living.”

How clean water transformed life in Hamakumo village >