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For nurse Maria and her patients, Water Means Life

WaterAid/ Etinosa Yvonne

Health workers like Maria need clean water on tap to stay safe and save lives – and this Christmas, your group can help make that a reality.

A quarter of all healthcare facilities around the world have no basic water facilities.

Without this essential resource, there's no way for medics to wash their hands between patients. No way for staff to clean wards or equipment. And no way of keeping life-threatening infections at bay.

Welcome to Napacala health centre

A tiny, two-room building, the clinic serves thousands of people from across the remote district of Cuamba, northern Mozambique.

Napacala health centre, Niassa Province, Mozambique.
WaterAid/ Etinosa Yvonne

The close-knit team here may be small, but everyone is skilled, hard-working, and totally committed to supporting the communities who rely on the centre.

There's just one thing holding them back: the only source of water is an old outdoor well, shared not only with neighbouring households, but animals too. No matter how dedicated they are, the reality is that without clean water, their every effort to heal risks bringing real harm.

The difference your group will make

Clean water on tap. It sounds simple, because it is. But its impact is transformational – and life-saving.

Last year, work finished on a similar project in the neighbouring district of Mecanhelas. Now they have running water, staff here can wash their hands, keep the wards clean, and provide safer care for their patients.

My baby was born here at the hospital. It was wonderful... After delivery I used [hot water] to wash myself.
Valéria Estêvão, local resident.

With your group’s support, we’ll work with key partners – health centre staff, community groups, and local leaders – to bring the same transformation to more clinics, both here in Mozambique and around the world.

We’ll lay new pipes, and upgrade existing handpumps to solar-powered systems. We’ll build sanitary blocks, and install permanent handwashing facilities. And we’ll support communities to understand – and fight for – their rights to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

£137

could help pay to carry out water quality testing.

£252

could help pay for 120 50mm pipes.

£364

could help pay for two ramps for wheelchair users.

Fundraising resources

Use these resources to learn more about the difference clean water makes, and inspire your group to take part in our Water Means Life appeal this Christmas.

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Pay in your fundraising

If you've already collected some money for the appeal – thank you! There are lots of ways you can send it to us: