800 schoolbags line the steps of St Paul’s in moving tribute to daily child deaths

WaterAid placed 800 children’s schoolbags on the famous steps of St Paul’s Cathedral today as a stark reminder of the number of young children’s lives lost every single day due to dirty water and poor sanitation. Each of the Cathedral’s 24 entrance steps represented one hour – and the 33 children younger than five who die every hour – a whole class that never even made it to school, all for the lack of something as basic as clean water.  On the bags in the front row were the names…

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WaterAid invites churches to choose water not chocolate this Lent to transform children’s lives

This Lent, WaterAid is inviting church congregations to give up their favourite treats and donate the money they save to WaterAid’s Jars of Change appeal, helping to bring the gift of clean water to children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. Congregation members who make the difficult decision to give up chocolate, coffee or other luxuries during the Lenten season are encouraged to put the money saved into a jar of change and then donate the money raised to WaterAid. The Jars of Change Lent appeal will help…

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Actor and comedian Brian Blessed is fronting a new campaign launching this month by international charity WaterAid to show that reaching everyone everywhere with clean water is no pipe dream.

In a new advert, which challenges the traditional charity advert, boisterous Brian addresses the frustrations that we are still seeing images of extreme poverty in 2019 and provides reassurance that the world is making great progress in tackling the water and sanitation crisis. While a staggering one in nine people still lack access to one of life’s most basic resource, Brian shows that change is possible by highlighting the fact that an astonishing 1.4 billion people have got clean water since 2000. That’s 21 times the number of people who…

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WaterAid announces new Global Director of Policy and Campaigns

WaterAid is pleased to announce the appointment of Sol Oyuela as Global Director of Policy and Campaigns. Ms Oyuela will join WaterAid on 1 April. Ms Oyuela joins from Unicef UK where she has been Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs for the last five years. She has also held senior roles at Christian Aid, CAFOD and Progressio, focused on advocacy, climate change policy and water resource management. Earlier in her career, she was a policy advisor to the Embassy of Argentina to the Vatican.  At WaterAid she will lead the global policy, advocacy and campaigns team, with a base in London.  Ms Oyuela said:   “I’m excited to join…

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Banishment during menstruation a senseless practice that must end: WaterAid

News of the death of a woman and her two sons in rural Nepal after she was banished to a small shed during menstruation must serve to strengthen efforts to banish the practice, WaterAid said today. Media have reported that a 35-year-old mother and her nine- and seven-year-old sons were most likely suffocated by smoke after a blanket they were using for warmth in the frigid cold caught fire in Nepal’s remote western Bajura district.  The practice of chhaupadi, or banishment during menstruation, was outlawed by Nepal’s Supreme Court in…

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