There is no water source at Yiraber Health Centre, Ethiopia. The people working here want to do what is best for their patients. But it’s hard to cope without water, knowing they could be spreading infections to new patients.
Growing up in India, acclaimed film director Shekhar Kapur saw the striking contrast between those struggling to find a reliable, clean water source, while across the road, wealthier homes had endless supplies on tap.
We all remember a great teacher; that person who shines a guiding light at a time when you have no idea what you are doing tomorrow, let alone what you are doing for the rest of your life. Under a huge tree in the middle of Chilangiza village, Malawi, is one such teacher.
It’s no wonder Veronique Rasoarimanana’s portrait was a source of inspiration for artist Victoria Villasana. Clean water has transformed life for Veronique and her family. She told the photographer, “Things are not the same anymore so before you take pictures I need to wear my new clothes and my new scarf.”
We work in many different countries around the world, each with their own unique culture and identity. But the mission of all WaterAid offices and staff is the same: clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for everyone.
Good hygiene is a life-saver. Washing our hands with soap can cut cases of diarrhoea almost in half, saving hundreds of lives every single day. But it’s not exactly a topic that grabs headlines. So how do we make hygiene education more interesting?