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Clean Water For Everyone

WaterAid have a simple mission - clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for all
Community activist Victoria Kaudha from Namutumba District, Uganda, is helping raise awareness of the impact of climate change on water. Credit: WaterAid/ James Kiyimba

WaterAid is on a mission to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of everyday life for everyone, everywhere.

However across the world, climate change is making it even harder for communities to get these essentials. Everyone needs a reliable supply of water that keeps pumping throughout flood, drought and natural disaster. With clean water, people can stay disease free, go to school, earn a living and be better prepared, whatever the future may bring.

Thanks to players' support, WaterAid is helping communities who are especially vulnerable to climate change, not only by installing lifesaving taps and toilets, but by campaigning for lasting investment and change. A key part of the solution is being driven by community activists like Victoria in Uganda.

Victoria joined WaterAid's mission to reach everyone, everywhere as part of a programme supported by players. She represents a farmers' cooperative and knows first-hand the impact more extreme and unpredictable weather is having on families. She took part in training to inform people about climate change and what they can do to adapt.

"The changes in our climate have made access to safe water where I live a far-fetched dream for many residents. We have very few boreholes serving a big population. The majority of people are getting water for their household needs from swamps, yet this water is not safe for human consumption", Victoria said.

The training, led by WaterAid's team in Uganda, shared vital information about climate change and environmental protection. It explored practical options for the community, such as switching crops from rice – which affects wetlands – to peanuts, or planting more trees to protect water sources.

Community Engagement

"From that moment, I wanted to use my influence to be a climate change agent in my community."

Victoria even took to the radio to raise more awareness and help communities get involved in protecting their water sources and other essentials such as decent toilets and good hygiene which together help protect families.

"I encouraged community members to care of the environment... it was a golden opportunity for climate change awareness as many people listen to the radio, and it also reaches communities beyond the project target communities."

A huge thank you to players of People's Postcode Lottery who to date have raised over £19 Million to support WaterAid's work. With their support, activists like Victoria can help spread the word and empower communities to demand their rights.

"Our climate change community awareness strategy has started to yield positive results, many people can now relate the challenges they face such as drying water sources, floods, and strong winds to a changing climate. People are demanding trees for planting, and environmentally friendly options."

World Water Week

WaterAid is celebrating World Water Week 2022 between 23rd August and 1st September. They charity is demanding world leaders act now and support the world's most climate-vulnerable groups through finance, innovation and the inclusion of women and girls.

Making A Difference

People's Postcode Lottery players are helping deserving causes like WaterAid make a difference every single day. Read more about the range of Charities which our players support.

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Published: 22/08/2022

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