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From the swimming lanes of an Olympic pool to the dusty tracks of Vimphere, Malawi, they may live different lives but they're made of the same stuff.

She’s got perseverance. She’s determined. And her livelihood depends on water. Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds has more in common with a 13-year-old in Malawi than you might think.


They’ve never met, but there’s an undeniable link between Ellie Simmonds and Shayilini.

While Ellie carries the expectations of a nation on her shoulders, Shayilini also knows what it's like to have people depend on her.

Giving up was never an option

Shayilini is from a small village in Malawi called Vimphere. Here, water is precious. Until recently, people in the community had to collect unclean water from a muddy hole.

But this winter, thanks to the support of people like you, Vimphere got access to clean, running water for the first time ever, and Shayilini's daily walk for dirty water is now history.

There's more that unites us than divides us  

Water is what unites us. In fact, we're made of it! Our bodies are made of around 60% water, and we all need it to survive.

Together, we’ve succeeded in reaching 9 in 10 people around the world with clean water.

We have shown that progress is possible. Now help us reach the final 1 in 10 so that everyone can have clean water in our lifetime.

Help make history today.

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