Nancy's choice

“If I didn’t have to get water, I would play with my friends all day."

Six-year-old Nancy lives in the remote village of Tombohuaun, Sierra Leone. She helps her mum collect water three times a day – water that’s filled with dirt, parasites and disease.

Earlier this year her sister, Beindu, died from drinking dirty water. But Nancy’s only choice is to continue drinking dirty water, or drink no water at all.

That’s a choice a young girl should never have to make. Drinking that water means she’s often sick, and complains of having a “runny tummy”. Her father, Sellu, says “I think Nancy has stunted growth because of her illnesses.”

This shouldn’t be normal. Nancy needs time to learn, play and grow in good health – together, we can make sure she gets it.

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As part of our Untapped campaign, every £1 you donate between 1 November 2017 and 31 January 2018 will be doubled by the UK Government (up to £5 million). This means your gift will go twice as far.

Your donation can help Nancy’s community build a well in the heart of their village. That’s not all – you’ll help more communities in Sierra Leone and around the world turn on a tap for the first time, changing the lives of children like Nancy forever.

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don't have clean water close to home.

do not have a decent toilet of their own.

A child dies because of this.

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