helping those who need to get fresh water – speakers available from Water Aid for Scout Groups

International charity, Water Aid is keen to tell Scout Groups and others of their work.

Photo: © WaterAid/Layton Thompson. Used with permission.

Photo: © WaterAid/Layton Thompson. Used with permission.

Water Aid works in the areas of water and sanitation – where people may have to walk many miles every day to fetch clean water or indeed any water at all and where there are no sanitation facilities. Both of these bring disease and death. Water Aid raises money to provide equipments and facilities, to work with local agencies and to educate. As water is something that we possibly take for granted, I think that helping those who don’t is a great cause.

Paul Daley, Water Aid’s area coordinator for their speaker network says,

We can talk about Water Aid generally, or focus on particular areas, it can be as long or as short as you wish. There is no compulsion for any donation or fundraising after although of course anything helps the charity and would be much appreciated.

We would love to be able to speak to as many groups as possible. If this is something that you would be interested in please contact me either by email or by phone on 07880 742733 and either myself of one of my volunteer colleagues will get back to you to make arrangements.

The girls enjoying the water in the photo above are doing so thanks to a Micro dam project.

The main sources of income in this village are fishing, farming, trading and cattle raising. Before WaterAid built the micro dam and wells the community struggled to find a reliable source of water and often had to travel 1.5 km to get water from open wells. Two new water points have been constructed and the third is being built. The micro dam aims to replenish the water table as well as the underground aquifers, while at the same time providing a source of water to allow irrigation of crops. It is easier for us to measure the impact of the micro dam on the water table because measuring any changes in the aquifers is very expensive. This community decided to grow rice from the water from the micro dam and in the first year the crop yield was very good but this year (2009) they decided to plant rice on both sides of the dam which was a mistake. It meant they had to release the water earlier than expected which meant that when we got there it was dry.

Water Aid’s website is at wateraid.org

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Irish, a student of law with The Open University, living in Dublin with his husband Andrew. Also interested in first aid, heraldry, Scouting, and occasionally to be found at the organ or in a bell tower.

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