Lent Appeal: Jars of Change

Lent Appeal: Jars of Change Image WaterAid/Dennis Lupenga

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Thank you to everyone who gave something up for Lent to fundraise for WaterAid, helping to bring clean water and fresh hope to people around the world.

Lent is a time for giving up small luxuries in life. But imagine if you had to give up more important things – education, employment or hope for the future. All because you do not have clean water close to home.

This is the reality for 1 in 9 people around the world. Hours spent collecting water, or days wasted from ill health, means children miss out on school and parents cannot work.

For children especially, clean water can be the difference between a full education and struggling to keep up in class. The difference between enjoying a happy childhood with friends, or risking your life on long walks for water.

See what you could save by giving up...

Chocolate bars

Giving up a chocolate bar a day could be enough money for water quality testing for two water points in two communities like Chiswe.

(A chocolate bar at 60p a day amounts to £24 over Lent)

Cups of coffee

Not buying a cup of coffee every morning could save enough money for the digging and laying of 1km of water pipes.

(A coffee at £1.80 a day amounts to £72 over Lent)

Packets of biscuits

Every packet of biscuits you don't buy could buy a new tap in Malawi. So you could provide 40 taps over the period of Lent.

(A packet of biscuits at £1 amounts to one tap)

Bags of crisps

Avoiding packets of crisps could save enough money for a hygiene promotion session in a community like Chiswe.

(A packet of crisps at £1.50 a day amounts to £60 over Lent)

Hold a Lenten concert

This Lent, we are inviting churches to organise a Lenten concert. You can even pledge to learn and perform a traditional song from Nigeria called Ise Oluwa. We've supplied the audio in every range, together with the lyrics and score, which you can download below.

Ise Oluwa ©Una May/Quincy Jones/Letta Mbulu

Celebrate World Water Day

Help us make some noise around World Water Day (22 March) by signing up to our new walking event, March for Water. Pledge to walk in solidarity with those who have no choice but to walk to collect water. It's up to you how far you walk and when you do it - the important thing is to wear your exclusive blue shoelaces and tell everyone what you're up to. We also have stickers for young children.

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