As I began preparations to cycle and connect with communities from eastern Africa I felt it would be important to contribute to our host countries in a more tangible way. WaterAid is a charity that works in many countries in Africa (and elsewhere around the world) providing basic services that make a profound and immediate difference in the lives of thousands of people.
Imagine what our lives would be like without a tap to turn for drinking water or a shower. The consequences would be disastrous for our health and well-being. Yet, worldwide, 844 million people have no access to clean drinking water and a further 2.3 billion lack access to basic sanitation, like toilets and latrines.
Not only does this crisis severely hinder the fight against global poverty, it is also the world’s greatest cause of illness. At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people suffering needlessly from water- and sanitation-related diseases.
WaterAid’s mission is to remedy that situation. Since 1987, WaterAid Canada’s projects have reached more than 1.2 million people in 32 countries around the world. The need continues to be pressing.
Everyone, no matter who they are or where they live, deserves access to the basic human need for clean water and good sanitation.
$25 can provide a child with water and sanitation for life; $100 will provide for a family of four.
I set a personal fundraising goal to raise at least $5,000 (hopefully more), enough to bring clean water and sanitation for their lifetimes to 200 children, women and men.
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