*above photo taken pre COVID-19

World Water Day is held annually on 22nd March and this year the theme is: Valuing Water. It is an opportunity to focus on the importance of water and water related issues. “Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.Source UNESCO

“The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water. The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource. SDG 6 (Sustainable Development Goal) is to ensure water and sanitation for all. Without a comprehensive understanding of water’s true, multidimensional value, we will be unable to safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of everyone.” Source United Nations.

We are passionate about everyone having access to clean water as a basic human right and over the years, through our Developing programme, we have focussed heavily on providing wells, pumps and sinking boreholes to help make this possible. To think that in 2021 not everyone has access to clean, fresh water makes us passionate to keep working towards irradicating this problem which we can do together.

For many of the remote villages we help to support, who don’t yet have a means of locally accessing fresh water, people still walk for miles in order to obtain a container full. This may only last a day or so before the same challenge arises again.

This past year we have all seen the importance of water and how it can help to reduce the spread of deadly viruses. We’re sure a lot of us have a used a lot more than we may have done previously and for us it’s simple, we turn on a tap. We even have the choice of a hot or cold tap which provides us with continual, running water. We know it’s clean, we know it’s safe and we know it won’t run out. Whatever time of the day we need it, it’s there. We have no fear that it will run out, we have no fear of water borne diseases and we don’t have to risk our lives to get some more.

When it’s your daily, lifelong struggle, when you have to risk the safety of your family or your own safety to just simply get water, that others can easily access, it is very challenging indeed.

The value of water is indescribable and there’s not a lot you can do without it. It’s incredibly important and so this World Water Day we ask you to seriously consider giving towards our Developing programme so that we can sink more wells and help to provide safe water to those in desperate need.

The total cost to drill a borehole is between £4,800 - £5,200 (depending on the exchange rate) this will include:

  • Siting/hydrogeological surveys
  • Water sampling & quality analysis
  • Supply & installation of pipes & connecting rods
  • All construction materials
  • Hiring the drilling rig
  • Construction of hand pump

Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.