WaterAid – www.wateraid.org.uk
Every day over 1 billion people take their lives in their hands because of unsafe water and inadequate sanitation. To help make a difference to these people the Water Industry set up the WaterAid charity in 1981.
The Charity Vision and Mission
WaterAid's vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, with a mission to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.
What does Water Aid do
WaterAid enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. These basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods and form the first, essential step in overcoming poverty.
WaterAid works with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs.
WaterAid campaigns locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure water and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognised. WaterAid were important voices in the end poverty campaign.
Realising the vision
WaterAid are committed to addressing the vital need for safe water and sanitation head on. They aim to increase impact both directly on the ground through partner organisations, and indirectly by influencing others and promoting best practice in the field.
Above all they aim to be honest, accountable, effective, innovative and flexible. As a learning organisation, WaterAid are constantly evolving. An emphasis on research, analysis, evaluation and dissemination is vital to the charity’s future.
WaterAid ethos is that it is only when all parties work together that there shared vision of a world in which everyone has access to safe water and sanitation can become reality
What we have done – Customers and Employees
Portsmouth Water has played an important part in the success of WaterAid and with the help of customers, along with the fundraising efforts of employees has raised over £400,000 for the charity.
The average cost per person of supplying a safe water supply to a village, combined with sanitation and hygiene education is only £15. This £15 transforms the standard of life and living in the communities in such a way to give them the best chance of lifting themselves out of extremes of poverty and disease. £400,000 has really made a difference.
More information and how to donate
For more information about WaterAid and how the money donated by you is used visit their website on www.wateraid.org.uk.
Please help to continue make a difference by continuing to support WaterAid either by using the customer appeal leaflet, which is enclosed with your water bill or by sending a donation to: Portsmouth Water c/o WaterAid Donation, PO Box 8, West Street, Havant, Hants PO9 1LG.
There is no administrative charge by us will all donations received passed straight to WaterAid
Remember £15 for each of these individuals can make a difference between life and death!
On the 16th June 2012, seven courageous employees from Portsmouth Water are setting off to Wales and braving the elements to raise money for WaterAid.
The group are joining hundreds of others from around the country to complete the WaterAid 200 challenge. The idea behind the WaterAid 200 challenge is to have at least one team reach the summit of the 200 highest peaks in the UK on the same day.
The adventure will see Portsmouth Water employees Tara Ashworth, Paul Fuller, Anna Ryan, Lai-Yui Tsui, Conor Geogehan, Jo Hall and Matt Lee head down the M4 and over the Severn Bridge into the wilderness of Snowdonia (Also known as Eryri, meaning Highlands). The ultimate aim being to climb the 1085m to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales.
Snowdonia was formed by rocks produced by volcanoes in the Ordovician period, and the massif has been extensively sculpted by glaciations, forming the pyramidal peak of Snowdon. Also known as ‘probably the busiest mountain in Britain’, Snowdon and Snowdonia attract around 6 million visitors annually and is designated as a national nature reserve for its rare flora and fauna.
The team of seven, with personal trainer Samantha Dawson, will be looking to raise in excess of £5000 for the charity. Although there will only be seven of them on the mountain on the 16th June, they will be looking for the support from the company and its customers to achieve their ‘mountainous’ goal.
Any fundraising ideas or donations will be gratefully received. Donations can be made by cheque payable to Portsmouth Water Limited and sent to PO BOX 8, West Street, Havant, PO9 1LG with a cover note indication it is for WaterAid. Alternatively donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/peakseekers.
Please keep looking here to follow our progress. Future fundraising events will be advertised in due course!