This year we would like to help the many small charities who provide clean water for their projects from donations they collect. Your donations will let them take more filters to the people they support.
Our Christmas Appeal this year is to raise £2,000 to send 10 Community filters to 10 schools in the Grand Anse region of Haiti we visited. We have seen for ourselves that the filters will be appreciated and and valued and the need desperate. Many small donations will combine to do big things, saving lives and improving the health of these people. Click to Donate
The devastation in India is difficult to appreciate but we leant first hand from Josey George, whose parents and family living in Kerala and were directly affected by the floods. As well as damage to their homes and losing their possessions, their wells have been flooded with dirty water, often contaminated with sewage so drinking it will cause serious sickness.
Josey is in a local Rotary Club, and by working with Grifaid, other Rotary Clubs in the North East of England and in Kerala we will be sending as many filters as we can to the people who need them most.
Our current Appeals are for 2 smaller volunteer led local charities.
The Wamala Project, who, from their donations, have taken around 100 Grifaid Family filters to a very poor rural area in Uganda. They have introduced a health education programme including water filters and improved latrines and health education. This has resulted in the death of children between 0-5 years dropping from around 30-40% to less than 5%. Your donations will sponsor more Family filters so more families, in a larger area can have clean water.
The Littlestone Trust. We have worked with this charity for over 5 years and went with them to Rwanda to see the filters in use and help in their distribution. They are now involved in helping the refugees who have fled from South Sudan to a large refugee camp Uganda and we are confident that the filters will be used by people who need them most. Your donation will...
MSF are using a multi-pronged approach to combat cholera and other water-borne diseases in the Lake Chilwa region of Malawi.
"Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink." - Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Lake Chilwa is a vast expanse of water. In fact, it is Malawi's second largest water body. It supplies 20% of all the fish caught in the country and supports 50% of Malawi's rice crops.
But the water that gives life also presents a grave and present danger: a gradual decline in water levels has placed great strain on the communities that live on and around the lake, and water borne diseases such as cholera have become rife.
The paradox of Lake Chilwa shows that having a plentiful supply of water is only half the battle, the other half is in making it safe to drink, something that was made all too clear to us on a recent fact-finding mission to this unique region.