This month members of staff from Spabreaks.com is helping Pump Aid to raise money for water and sanitation projects in sub-Saharan Africa, by taking part in the 10k Superhero Run in Regents Park. Here they explain exactly how the money raised will help!
With a fundraising target of £1,900, Spabreaks.com will be contributing almost two thirds of the cost towards an Elephant Pump project, which will provide more than 120 people living in a rural community with access to safe, clean water.
Our mission is to achieve positive and sustainable change in the availability, quality and use of water by rural communities. By donating towards an Elephant Pump project you are helping to transform the lives of marginalised communities who suffer from the hardship and indignity of water poverty. Pump Aid strives to help rural communities’ access clean water, which exists as little as two to three metres underground in some areas. A single Elephant Pump can provide a community of 120 people with 40 litres of water per day. Providing water as a basic human right gives people the freedom to enjoy a healthy future and empowers a generation of change.
By providing readily available access to clean water we help to influence a transformation in the skills, knowledge and behaviour of individuals – giving them the opportunity to pull themselves out of poverty. Access to clean water is just the beginning of the benefits that communities experience, once an Elephant Pump has been installed in their village. To ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of each project we support communities through the installation and training process, to ensure that the Elephant Pump enhances the wellbeing of the entire community.
Freedom: The most important impact of having clean water for a community is freedom. Before communities experience the freedom of having readily available access to water, their lives are restricted by problems associated with water poverty, such as life threatening disease and famine.
Health: Investments in water quality and quantity can reduce childhood deaths caused by dirty water by 15-20% and improved sanitation can reduce child deaths by 40%. The concrete casing of the Elephant Pump protects the water from contamination. This improves water quality, which means outbreaks of waterborne diseases are much less common.
Children and Education: Children are the most vulnerable to waterborne diseases. By drinking clean, safe water, children spend less time unwell, meaning fewer days of school are missed each year unnecessarily. Access to clean water also means children spend less time collecting water each day and more time in school, to complete their education.
Food security: Access to safe water enables people to grow food throughout the year. Vegetable patches can be grown by each household to generate income and provide better nutrition for families.
Women and girls: In sub-Saharan Africa it is traditionally the task of women and children to collect water for the family. Having an Elephant Pump gives women more valuable time to earn a living through cooking or selling crops. This empowers women and gives them more independence, which is vital for allowing communities to develop. A water source near the home also protects women and girls from being attacked walking many miles to a water source outside the village.
Economic Development: The installation of an Elephant Pump reduces the amount of time people spend collecting water each day. People are then free to engage in productive activities to increase their income. Access to plentiful water allows villages to grow more crops or make bricks that they can sell. The extra income can then be reinvested into the community, which promotes development for the future.
Hope for a better future, free from the dangers of water poverty, is the greatest difference that our work and your support can influence.
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