August Update (2019)
This month’s roundup includes highlights of how we thank supporters and the crazy things people do to help us raise money for clean water - swimming with sharks, anyone? You’ll also learn about how reliable healthcare facilities can help prevent outbreaks from deadly diseases like Ebola. As you read on, we hope that you are reminded that, together, we make a bigger difference.
Every year WaterAid teams around the work tirelessly with communities and local governments to bring clean water, decent toilets and hygiene education to the people that need it most. Did you know that there are still 785 million people without access to clean water close to home and still 2 billion people without a toilet? Thanks to supporters like you these numbers are changing!
We would not be able to do what we do without you. This upcoming month is dedicated to all of you -our incredible, caring and determined supporters. Keep an eye out as our ‘Thank You’ month we’ll be starting soon!
Together, we make a bigger difference.
While, those numbers can feel daunting, great progress has been made and that’s thanks to supporters like you.
People across the world support WaterAid in many different ways. Whether it’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or starting up a Lemon-Aid stand to raise vital funds for WaterAid, every action, intention and dollar counts.
In honor of Shark Week which recently passed, we want to highlight employees from Scottish Water who swam with sharks to raise money for WaterAid. How cool is that? Scottish Water employees were also the 2017 Winnovators champions (our employee engagement program).
WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) is at the heart of many of the social infrastructure we rely on: homes, schools, healthcare facilities etc. When those elements are missing the effects can be detrimental.
Right now there is an ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Kivu region. To date, 1,841 people have died and nearly 30% of them were children.
Having reliable healthcare facilities is one of the most effective solutions to treating people and saving lives. This means having facilities that count on clean water and decent toilets. In the article, Ebola Outbreaks are about Inequality, Freya L. Jephcott, who used to head the epidemiology team at Médecins Sans Frontières and co-authored a study on the recent Ebola spillover says,“The way you stop Ebola is the same way you stop many other diseases: access to primary health care, local public health officials, and infrastructure in place so that you can implement low-tech, cheap interventions.”
By working with communities and local governments we can do that. We can all play a part in helping stop the outbreaks that take the lives of so many people each year. Learn more about the work we do in healthcare facilities and see how you can help!