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Helping WaterAid provide safe, clean water to everyone, everywhere by 2030.
At Yorkshire Water we understand how essential safe water and sanitation are to human health. 'Safe water' is a key strand of our vision and whilst we are committed to provided these essential services for a growing population, we are also committed to supporting WaterAid and the work they do to help the poorest communities across the world.
Yorkshire Water Chief Executive Richard Flint is a Trustee of WaterAid and fundraising for WaterAid forms an integral part of our Hands Up volunteering initiative.
Text SAFEWATER to 70300 to donate £3*
WaterAid is an international charity that works with local partners, decision makers and charities around the world. The way we work is simple and effective, transforming lives by improving access to water, hygiene and sanitation. Give families access to clean water for life and your kindness will be felt for generations to come.
Yorkshire Water is working with WaterAid on a five year project to support the delivery of safe water and sanitation to 20 towns in Ethiopia.
Donate just £3 to fund life-changing projects around the world which could help to end the threat of diarrhoea, which kills over 2,000 children every day.
In 2017, you can't imagine finding a house, school or hospital without taps and toilets, but every day, it costs 1,400 children their lives.
Which is why, we joined with WaterAid to take 115,056 signatures to the Houses of Parliament, calling on the UK Government to support a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water and sanitation and asking them to do more to make sure everyone everywhere has access to clean water and safe toilets by 2030.
When the SDGs - new UN targets to end extreme poverty - are agreed in September, a dedicated water and sanitation goal is essential not only to improve health, but education, gender equality and economic growth.
We believe that universal access to water and sanitation is possible, and that political will is the key.
In 2015/16, Yorkshire Water colleagues, partners and customers raised a massive £181,540 for international charity WaterAid. This is enough to provide 12,102 people with access to clean water for the first time.
Through the WaterAid lottery and our payroll giving scheme, we contributed £45,980 to the total. We delivered pilot projects to raise awareness through our customers and secured more than 68 pieces of media coverage across the region. Our innovation saw the first ever text-to-donate campaign by a water company and from this we have raised £7866.
Since 1993 we have included WaterAid leaflets in our bills, which has raised awareness of WaterAid’s work around the world and recruited new supporters. In this time our customers have raised an incredible £9,957,885 for WaterAid in response to these bill inserts.
Our creative support was also demonstrated through our fundraising activities including the Water Cycle Challenge, our annual 10k run around one of Yorkshire Water’s spectacular reservoirs, a Golf Day and the Big Wish challenge. These events in 2015/2016 raised £87,058 towards our Big Wish for Ethiopia.
It’s not just all about fundraising, our colleagues and regional WaterAid supporters delivered 127 WaterAid talks during the year. By sharing WaterAid’s work with schools and communities, our speakers help to raise awareness about the lack of clean water and sanitation facilities in Ethiopia. The talks also demonstrate how everyone can be involved in helping to reach everyone, everywhere with clean water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.
Furthermore in 2015/2016 we were the first water company to provide technical training on water quality, leakage and asset management to 20 utilities in Ethiopia- delivered by Yorkshire Water colleagues in country. We also supported in the procurement of equipment such as pumps, leak identification tools and water testing kits which has saved WaterAid more than £150,000 within Ethiopia.
We believe that with the right equipment and training, universal access to water and sanitation is possible.
In March 2015, we launched our Big Wish for Ethiopia youth engagement programme, aiming to reach out to young people in our region and educated them in the difference between Yorkshire and Ethiopia.
We’ve developed resources for schools and youth groups to help them deliver engaging programmes in their communities, and we’d love children to get involved and raise much needed funds for children who don’t have access to clean water and sanitation.
More information can be found on our Big Wish page.
"As long-standing supporters of WaterAid, we're proud to be playing our part in providing safe water and sanitation to some of the world's poorest countries. We are working with WaterAid to raise awareness of the daily struggle many communities face when trying to access clean, safe drinking water. Our recently launched global safe water commitment will focus on specific areas of Ethiopia.
"Through six key areas including: volunteering, education, fundraising, campaigning, capacity building and increased public awareness, we believe we can help to deliver real change. And with your help, we hope our Yorkshire community can transform the lives of many families across Ethiopia for the better. Thank you for your support."
This is Hiyawan Jegnaswer, 3, from Mazoria village, Shelle Mella in Ethiopia. Thanks to the help of Yorkshire Water and the work of WaterAid, she is one of the youngest members of the village to benefit from eight new water points, an eight-door public shower and three washing basins which were installed in Mazoria at the beginning of 2016. Hiyawan is no longer at risk of water shortages in the village.
Gedamnesh who also lives in the village has just given birth to a new baby boy, Nazreth. Gedamnesh says, “I called him Nazreth because Nazreth means where good things come out of. When he was born, good water sprang out of our village. And I hope he will be a fountain of hope and do good deeds for this village when he grows up. That’s why I called him Nazreth.”
Now that Gedamnesh no longer spends her morning queuing to use the water pump, she is able to spend more time with her young children. She says that, ‘I now go to the new water point and bring home my water in less than a minute. I will be back home before my son realises I am gone and starts crying. That’s what makes me happy about this water. I can cook breakfast for my family, wash my son’s clothes and make coffee for the guys who help us at our farm with the time I have saved from the long wait at the old water pump.”
Access to clean water and sanitation facilities changes lives. We believe that everyone deserves access to clean water and sanitation, which is why we are committed to helping many more communities like Mazoria in the future.
Find out more about the work we are doing to help support projects in Ethiopia by visiting our Big Wish page.
We are delighted to offer community organisations the opportunity to have a free talk about supporting WaterAid.
Our dedicated speakers will come along to your community group and share the work that goes into providing clean water and sanitation for everyone, everywhere.
To request a speaker, please complete the request form and email it to email@example.com.
When it comes to providing families with clean drinking water, every donation matters. Here's what your monthly donation could achieve in a year:
£15 - could help give one person access to safe water
£25 - Training for a local water and sanitation committee
£50 - Training for a village pump mechanic
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