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WaterAid reaches more people than ever before

WaterAid reached 1.7 million people with safe water and 2.2 million people with sanitation last year, more than ever before.

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11 Oct 2013 | UK

WaterAid reached 1.7 million people with safe water and 2.2 million people with sanitation last year, more than ever before. WaterAid's generous supporters made this possible by raising a record £65.6 million – 18% or £9.8 million more than the previous year.

Jeremy Pelczer, WaterAid UK Chair, welcomed this:

"We're making progress towards our ambitious global strategy of directly reaching 25 million people with water and sanitation between 2009 and 2015. The numbers are humbling: WaterAid has reached 5.6 million people with safe water and nearly 7 million with sanitation since we commenced our strategic plan in 2009-10.

"Across the world good progress is being made on getting safe water to people, but sanitation provision still lags far behind. Today there are 768 million people living without safe water and 2.5 billion with nowhere to go to the toilet. That dire need drives us on, and our successes give us hope that our vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation can be achieved. Indeed, if governments choose to take action now, we think it's possible for the world to reach everyone, everywhere, with safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030."

Barbara Frost, WaterAid Chief Executive added:

"In such difficult economic circumstances, the commitment and generosity of our supporters in 2012-13 was particularly inspiring. At the end of the year we had more than 368,000 individual WaterAid supporters. This solid foundation of public commitment, together with the support we receive from our partnerships with governments, the water industry, corporations and philanthropic organisations, has been instrumental in another successful year tackling the water and sanitation crisis.

"Last year WaterAid's advocacy work and the work of the local partner organisations we invest in has reached more people than ever before. This amazing achievement has transformed lives in some of the poorest communities in the world."

This Annual Report is the last for Jeremy Pelczer, WaterAid UK Chair, who stands down at the WaterAid Annual General Meeting on 11 October, although he will continue to serve as chair of WaterAid international. In the Report he reflects on his six years as Chair:

"WaterAid has always embodied the concept of thinking globally and acting locally. We know there are real people behind the statistics, whose lives can be transformed by simple solutions. On the trips I've made with Barbara, our Chief Executive, I've met many families who have lost children to water-borne diseases or who spend far too much time collecting dirty water.

"In those moving situations, at least I know that they will soon be working with our partners to address their problems, but in the back of my mind I know there are hundreds of millions of people yearning for the same opportunity.

"While we plan to reach as many people as we possibly can, WaterAid can never solve the water and sanitation crisis alone. A huge part of our work is to influence decision-makers to tackle this issue and we will continue to use our success stories and research to show why water and sanitation are fundamental to a world free from poverty and disease.

"I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to chair such a dynamic and committed organisation."

Tim Clark, former Senior Partner of the leading international law firm Slaughter and May and a member of the boards of various charitable organisations, has today taken office as Chair of the WaterAid Board of Trustees to succeed Jeremy Pelczer. Tim Clark's appointment as chair-designate was announced in July and confirmed at the Annual General Meeting today. Tim Clark will oversee the development and execution of WaterAid's next strategic plan. This is a critical appointment as WaterAid continues its ambitious plans to ensure that everyone everywhere has access to safe water and sanitation by 2030.

Tim Clark said: "I was attracted to WaterAid by its vital mission and its highly respected brand and track record. I am excited by the organisation's ambition to deliver lasting change and its commitment to supporting the world's poorest communities. I have been impressed by the quality and strength of WaterAid's leadership and the dynamism of its team.

"My experience of leading a major organisation through a period of growth whilst maintaining core values will allow me to make a significant contribution to fulfilling WaterAid's mission."

Tim Clark was Senior Partner of Slaughter and May for seven years with overall responsibility for the firm's external relationships and played a leading role in the development and implementation of strategy for its integrated network of independent law firms across the world.

Tim is a member of the boards of the National Theatre, Paul's Cancer Support Centre and the Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation and is a member of the Audit Committee of the Wellcome Trust and the Development Committee of the National Gallery.

Tim is a Senior Adviser to Chatham House (The Royal Institute for International Affairs) and Chair of the trustees of the Economist Trust. Tim is Senior Independent Director of Big Yellow Group PLC and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce UK Governing Body and the International Advisory Board of Uria Menedez.

The Annual General Meeting also elected a new Treasurer and Trustee.

Peter Newman has been elected Treasurer. Peter has significant financial reporting experience having worked for Deloitte and Arthur Andersen over many years. He has developed international teams engaged in auditing and financial risk management and spent a significant amount of time working overseas.

Since retiring from Deloitte in 2009, he has held several non-executive roles in both corporate and charity sectors. He served as Treasurer of the Energy Institute until 2008 and is currently Chair of Pension Trustees and Member of the Finance Committee for the Royal Geographic Society.

Anna Segall has been elected as a Trustee. Anna is a human rights lawyer with 25 years' experience with international organisations, the United Nations, government and private sector advising on, and advocating for, good governance, integrity and accountability, rule of law, international law, human rights, and protection.

Anna is Director of Legal Affairs at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Since July 2013, she has been acting Director of UNRWA Operations, Jordan.

The Trustees' Annual Report and Financial Statements 2012-13 are available here along with annual reports and financial reviews from previous years. Paper copies of our current report are available on request by calling 020 7793 4594, emailing supportercare@wateraid.org or writing to us at WaterAid, 47-49 Durham Street, London SE11 5JD.